Congratulations goes to Debbie Thomas who for the fourth time in her career has been named Lamar
Teacher of the Year. Debbie holds an Associate degree in Science, a bachelor degree in Speech and
Hearing Science with a minor in education, and a master’s degree in Reading. She has earned an ESL
certification while working at Lamar Elementary School. Her favorite memories are seeing the ‘lights’ in
each scholar’s eyes as they make progress. She knows that many students come to the classroom in a
disadvantaged position, and it reminds her that she still has lots to do and no time to waste.
She was asked what she’d do different if she had a chance. Many may want to join her in creating a
school based on real life experiences in the middle of the forest near an ocean. Let’s congratulate her
and wish her luck in being named district Teacher of the Year.