Jessica Thomas spent a year as a math major, then switched to education and received her Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from Bellarmine University. She then returned to school and got her Master’s from UofL in Educational Leadership, Instructional Technology.
Jessica has a long history with St. Martha. She is a proud alum and worked in after school and summer programs in high school and college. After receiving her teaching degree, she returned to St. Martha to teach. She has worked with every grade level K-8, as learning coordinator, classroom teacher, and middle school math teacher. She says middle school is where she learned to love math and she is so excited to bring that love of math to the students here! Jessica is also the teacher moderator of the Moran Monsters Rock Room.
Q & A with Mrs. Thomas
I want students to learn how to analyze, find patterns, question, and come to a conclusion that makes sense. This is so important in math but also in every aspect of life.
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 students 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 teaching memory:
One comical moment from teaching is a younger student asked me where I went to school and if I had a job. He was somehow shocked when I told him yes, my job is teaching you.
My hope for my students:
I hope my students learn the skills they need to be happy, kind, successful people. At school, we practice much more than the basic subjects. We practice working together, forming opinions, defending your beliefs, and listening to others. I hope they carry these skills with them and continue to build on what they learn at St. Martha.
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.