Hello, and welcome! My name is Miss Thompson. I am a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, studying special education and literacy. I have worked with children for as long as I can remember, engaging in a variety of volunteer and paid opportunities to enrich the minds, bodies, and souls of the children in our community. During college, I spent three years as a Belleville AmeriCorps member as a multi-subject tutor. It was through this experience most of all that fueled my passion to become a special educator.
It is my mission to bestow a love for learning upon my students. I attempt to teach with a passion for my subjects so that my students develop a desire to become life-long learners. Differentiated instruction needs to be at the forefront of this mission in order for the students to grow to their fullest potential. Recognizing students as individuals by placing values on their cultures will play an important role in this mission so that the class can come to an understanding of each other. Once a classroom environment that is based on empathy and tolerance is acquired, I feel that true learning can take place. This includes life skills as well as the academic curriculum.
In my free time, I enjoy working with at-risk youth in the community through tutoring and life enrichment activities. I love to read, and I feel that if my parents had not introduced literacy in its many forms to me at a young age, I would not enjoy reading as much as I still do. I have been known to finish novels in only a matter of hours. I spend lots of time with my longtime partner, Andy, and our families. We like to spend time outside with our dogs and go on camping trips.