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 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 on educational leadership and have attended the EduFest conference for gifted & talented education regularly for the past 10 years or so. This year marks my sixth year teaching self-contained GT, my fourth year at Discovery, and my 18th year of teaching overall.

I'm passionate about my students' academic growth and independence. My classroom is known for being unlike any other, because with motivated and responsible learners I can push boundaries of what elementary classrooms can look like and what students can do. In previous years, I've taken on long-term community outreach and hands-on science projects that gave students skills and experiences they wouldn't have gotten in a typical fifth grade - and use in their years beyond Discovery.