Michaela Thomas Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolMy name is Michaela Thomas. I am one of the first grade teachers at Higher Learning Academy. I also coordinate sports and coach basketball as well. This will be my third year teaching at HLA. Prior to teaching, I was the After School Program Supervisor. I have been working with children in several different capacities over the last 10 years including, after school mentor/teacher, nutrition/fitness coach, cognitive intern tutor, and a classroom aide. I recently completed my credential and graduated with my master's degree in education.

I absolutely love working with children. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. I have two children of my own (twins). They both attend Higher Learning Academy. They are part of my driving force that keeps me young and energetic to be able to captivate my young first grade scholars.

What inspires me about education is the fact that just a little motivation and a lot of encouragement enables students to become life long learners! I believe education is the highest form of self-sufficiency and independence. It is true that knowledge is power that no one can take from you. I strive for equity and efficacy in my classroom. I create an environment in which every child can reach their full potential. I can't wait to make it another great year of learning at HLA!! Go Eagles!