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Ms. Jody Thomas

Thanks for clicking here to find out a little bit more about me...it makes me feel good!
 
I was fortunate enough to grow up and go to school in Clinton, NY. I received my B.S. in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo in 1993 and started teaching in Waterville that very same year. ( Quick Math will tell you that this is my 29th school year at Waterville- whew!) I earned my M.S. in Health Education from SUNY Cortland in 1998. In June of 2019 I became certified in Positive Education. 
 
I now live with my family in Manlius, near Syracuse (55 minutes away). I have two grown kids: Ben (22) and Sophie (20). Both are in college. We love to swim, travel, watch and play sports, play with our dog, and be outdoors.

Likes: any food with red sauce, being outdoors, new adventures, audiobooks on my ride to and from work, learning new stuff, watching my kids play sports, perfect blue skies, animals.
 
Dislikes: peas, closed minded people, ghost stories/ alien stories, bad breath, liars

Last Book(s) Read: "What Happened To You? " by Bruce D. Perry, MD PhD & Oprah Winfrey
 
Last Trip: Navarre Beach with my Daughter 
 
Personal Facts: (1) I am a vegetarian- no meat, fish, or chicken (2) I always thought that if I had just a smidge more singing talent I could be a rock star -Like Joan Jett (3) I taught myself to play the ukulele (4) I like to collect rocks
 
Favorite Teachers: (1) Mrs. Freytag (Kindergarten)- she was so open and loving and made coming to school safe. Everyday she would let one of us comb her hair...it was down past her butt so it was really a novelty for us. (2) Ms. Blasczak (9th and 12th grade Honors English) - she expected us to be on our game everyday; she also treated us like young adults, she made me feel important and mature, she stretched outr thinking and challenged us.
 
My Heroes: (1) My Gram- she grew up very poor, and her parents died when she was young. She had every excuse to be a miserable ol' lady; but was not. She is a wonderful example of faith, integrity, and love. (2) Mother Theresa (3) Wonder Woman - a strong and courageous woman who battles liars and evil! I have lots of people I admire... the list continues to grow.