Who is Ms. Thomas?
Ms. Thomas has been an elementary school teacher within the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) system for the past ten years. She possesses a bachelor's degree in French and History from the University of New Mexico and Master's degree in Elementary Education from the College of Santa Fe. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher, an Apple Vanguard Coach, a 2017 TouchCast Star Ambassador, 2017 Nearpod Pionear, 2016 & 2017 TEDxABQ Education Speaker, 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, and a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator.
Her goal for students is to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to become successful professionals in life who positively contribute to society.
Ms. Thomas is a believer that children learn best when they are interested and engaged in the learning process. Her instruction is based on the student’s individual needs while making every lesson as interactive as possible. Ms. Thomas encourages her students to discuss topics openly and without bias, as well as ask questions without fear. If she does not have the answers, they will research it together to find an answer.
Ms. Thomas understands that each student possesses a unique learning style. One way to address the diverse nature of the classroom is to collaborate with other students and teachers over a digital platform. Mr. Lamb from North Star Elementary is one partner in this collaboration.