Spring Shadows Elementary 2014 Teacher of the Year - Joanne Thomas

Joanne Thomas
Spring Shadows Elementary School
Elementary Education, 4th Grade

Rice University (Houston, Texas), Continuing Studies, 2013-Present
Region IV, Alternative Certification Program, 2009
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Bachelor of Science Corporate Finance and Investment Management, 1985

Teaching History
Spring Shadows Elementary School, 2011-Present
Spring Shadows Elementary School, 2010-2011
Memorial Drive Elementary School, 2009-2010
Memorial Drive Elementary School , 2007-2009
Grace School, 2000-2004

Seven years total of teaching experience

In her own words…

“Teachers are building the next generation of critical thinkers. My daily goal is to build young men and women with integrity, honor and the desire to work hard. This will focus this generation to be successful and happy adults.”

In the words of others . . .

“In our Spring Shadows community, she is the teacher who organized the ‘big trip to Austin.’ When the principal told her funds were tight, she and her teammates were able to fund raise over $4,000.When the tour company organizing the trip pulled out, Mrs. Thomas refused to give up. She organized the tours herself. . . .  Why? Because she believes we get what we give and she gives it her all – daily!”  – Spring Shadows Elementary Assistant Principal Sue Bryant

“Mrs. Thomas is an asset to Spring Branch ISD and continues to plant the “seeds of success” in the district’s students, whether she sees them bloom or they bloom later. A student is fortunate to have Mrs. Thomas as their teacher.”                                Carolyn Browning, District I-Coach

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
Science Teachers Association of Texas, member, 2013-Present
Campus Improvement Team (CIT), Spring Shadows Elementary, 2012-Present

Teacher of the Year, Thomas J. Pilgrim Elementary, Houston ISD, 2001-2002

Social Justice Coordinator, Early Childhood Division, The Regis School of the Sacred Heart 


Spring Branch ISD