Jessica Thomas joined the St. Martha teaching staff in 2014 as the reading resource teacher for primary students. She graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in Elementary Education and a degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders. She is also a proud alumna of St. Martha School. She is currently our third grade teacher.
Q & A with Mrs. Thomas
I am most passionate about the life skills that the students learn as they are learning the material. It is important for them to be able to give reasons for their opinions and answers. They learn how to disagree by communicating ideas instead of arguing. They learn that making mistakes is a part of the process, and starting over from scratch is not necessarily a bad thing.
Constructivism. This involves a lot of group work, discussion, and teaching children at the point just beyond what they already know. Students are actively involved in what they are learning.
Favorite part of teaching:
I love to see what the children come up with when facing a challenge. I am so proud of the perseverance that I see in my students when they do not immediately understand something. I enjoy listening to their reasoning and see it develop over the year.
Favorite thing about St. Martha:
My favorite thing about St. Martha is the support that I have received as a beginning teacher. The teachers at St. Martha are always willing to offer advice and materials. I am so thankful for the community of teachers and their welcoming nature.
My hope for my students:
At the age I teach, students are so ready to learn new information and offer/accept help from their classmates when they do not understand something. I hope that as they grow older they are able to hold on to this quality.
My favorite thing to do is meet new people. I love to travel for this reason. I love to learn about the world and how other communities operate. I enjoy talking to people who have different life experiences and different opinions than my own.