Degrees and Certifications:
BA English BA Elementary Education MA Elementary Education (CIFS for GT)
Mrs. Leah Thayer
I was born in Boise and have lived in the area all my life, except for my years at the University of Idaho. I left a career in the tech industry to become a teacher because I wanted a challenging, rewarding career where I could make a difference (boy, have I found it!). I've worked in every grade from kindergarten to fifth, but most of my 13 years of teaching have been teaching 4th, 5th, or 4/5 combos. I have bachelor's degrees in English and Elementary Education, and a master's degree focusing on curriculum and instruction for gifted and talented students. I continue to take classes to stay connected to the most current research and attend the EduFest conference for gifted & talented education regularly for the past 10 years or so.
I'm passionate about creating a safe and relaxed environment where students have the flexibility and responsibility to meet academic challenges with guidance. I use flexible seating, problem-based learning, and student-centered assessment to make our space unlike any other. I believe that student relationships are the foundation upon which academic connections are built.
My music-teacher-husband and I have two daughters and we also run our own videography business in the summers. When I have time (rarely!), I spend my time on photo shoots, learning about history or architecture, baking, or hiking.