Ms. Barbara Thompson



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Ms. Barbara Thompson

I was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from Purdue University (Boiler Up!). Right out of college, I taught Kindergarten for 5 years back in my hometown in Indiana. After my first child was born, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I was blessed to be able to do this job for nearly 10 years. During this time, my husband’s job allowed us to experience the adventure of living in 4 different states....Indiana, South Dakota, Alabama, and now North Carolina. My husband Brian and I live in Apex with our three children. My oldest son, Bryce, will be in 6th grade at Lufkin Road Middle School. My other son, Brendan, will be in 4th grade and my daughter, Bella, will be in 1st grade at Olive Chapel Elementary.

I joined the wonderful staff at Laurel Park in 2015 as a Third Grade teacher on Track 3. This was a wonderful experience and an awesome way to begin my career with the Wake County Public School System. I was thrilled when the opportunity came for me to move down to First Grade on Track 1. Early literacy is what I love! This will be my second year teaching First Grade.

When I am not at school, I can usually be found attending one of my children’s sporting or extra-curricular events. I also enjoy going to Boot Camp early in the morning before school, cooking for my family, reading, and traveling to visit our extended family all across the country.

This year, I look forward to finding the unique qualities in each of my students and helping them to reach their potential to become successful first graders. It is my hope to make a contribution that will last a lifetime! 

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