Sandra Thompson (Gifted Services 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 five years 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 in her 1st year of graduate school working on a Masters in Soil Science at Virginia Tech. My son, Mitchell is a freshman at Roanoke College in VA.

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!