Thompson, Sandra (AIG Specialist)

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Sandra Thompson

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Sandra Thompson



I grew up in Voorheesville (a small village in Upstate New York). I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1987 with my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. In 2008, I earned my teaching license from Mars Hill University and in 2013 my certification in Gifted Education also from Mars Hill University.

After graduating from UNC-Asheville, I spent 14 years in Computer Science including working as  a programmer for the NYS Department of Transportation and then as a systems analyst for The City of Asheville. In 2008, I began my career in education for the Haywood County School System. I spent fiveyears at Junaluska Elementary teaching 3rd and 4th grades. During this time I realized that I had a passion for working with the gifted students in my classroom. So after receiving my AIG Certification, I spent three years at Waynesville Middle as the AIG Specialist.

I have a background which combines computer science and education. During my career in education I have been passionate in my commitment for three things: maximizing individual student performance, inspiring students’ interest in technology and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students.

I live in Waynesville, North Carolina with my wonderful family. My husband, Skip is an Aquaculture Specialist for NC State University. My daughter, Taryn is a graduate student at Virginia Tech, and my son, Mitchell is a freshman at Roanoke College in Virginia.

I am very excited to be working in the Buncombe County School System as the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Specialist at Haw Creek and Leicester Elementary Schools. I am enjoying a fantastic year with students and staff at both of these wonderful schools.