Jessica Thomas will be teaching 6th grade language arts at West Feliciana Middle School. She graduated from LSU in May of 2012, and this will be her first teaching job.
Thomas grew up near Memphis, TN and said she wanted to come to LSU because she liked the size of the school and that it would keep her close to family and friends.
Thomas first became interested in West Feliciana during a job fair at LSU. She interviewed with the high school and was recommended for the middle school. Thomas said West Feliciana feels a little bit like home because of the family environment.
Thomas is looking forward to starting her new job teaching, and is excited, energetic, and enthusiastic. She also looks forward to meeting her students. “People have been so welcoming and warm, and it is a dream come true to be working here,” said Thomas. She is also excited about the districts one-to-one technology plan.
Thomas says she feels that she can bring excitement and enthusiasm to the classroom since she is fresh out of college.
Thomas professed that she likes to read and write, and loves English. She said she fell back in love with reading in college, and enjoys reading young adult literature. She would like to spotlight new books each month in her classroom.
She also said, “It’s a good year to come to the district because we are transitioning to the common core curriculum so hopefully I can incorporate some of my ideas into that.”
In her spare time, Thomas likes to read. Thomas’ favorite author is John Green, and of Greens books her favorite would either be ‘The Fault and Our Stars,’ or ‘Paper Towns.’ Green also wrote ‘Looking for Alaska,’ which students enjoy reading.
She will be decorating her classroom with polka dots and bright colors.
“Teaching does not just involve academics. I think we should also teach students to be themselves, have self-confidence, and develop self-value. We should help them find their own personal values and ethics. It is important to bring those things into the classroom,” said Thomas.