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Hello! I am Laura Thomas and I am the 8th grade science teacher at Meridian World School.
A little about me:
I have a degree in Biology, specializing in wildlife. I worked as a biologist, an environmental educator and curriculum writer, but was drawn to positions where I taught people about ecology, native plants and animals. My love for our world and teaching gave me the inspiration to earn a Master's degree in Secondary Education. I have 2 children, one in college and one in secondary school at Meridian. My family and I love to travel, especially to the mountains. Travel also allows me to pursue photography and to share nature's beauty. As a family, we are involved in the local and school community by volunteering. My husband and I run and organize Meridian Science Saturday, along with our fabulous committee members.
I feel that when students are successful in their pursuits, it makes them more confident and better equipped to deal with everyday life. I am proud of my students and I want to know when they succeed, whether it is during the school day or during personal time. Please let me know when your child is successful in any pursuit, so that I can encourage them on their journey to discovering themselves.
My philosophy about science is that students need engaging lessons that utilize hands on labs and activities to learn skills and concepts. My role is to facilitate, guide and provide the information these students need to achieve a greater understanding of science and themselves. My goal every year is to become less and less of a fixture in front of the room, but to encourage students to become the experts in the classroom and to learn how to learn. I have high expectations because I feel that every student is capable of learning science. I incorporate technology as much as possible IF it enhances learning.
Have an issue or concern?
I have an open door policy. As a parent myself, I understand when you have questions about the school day. I want more than anything, for your child to be successful. Please understand that I am teaching (all day, every day) and that it will take time for me to return phone calls or emails.