Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Ruth Thompson
Teaching is a family tradition for me. My parents are both teachers, my grandparents were teachers, and several of my aunts and uncles are teachers. This is the beginning of my 19th year of teaching in the Redlands Unified School District. I received my Bachelor's Degree from UC Riverside and my teaching credential from the University of Redlands. I also have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Univeristy. My teaching career started with student teaching at Clement Middle School (6th grade) and North Verdemont Elementary School (First Grade). I was then hired to teach 6th grade math and science at Clement Middle School. I moved over to Beattie Middle School when it opened and continued teaching science and math. I also spent several summers teaching 6th grade and 8th grade math intervention. When I started a family of my own, I decided to move down to elementary school and came over to Smiley to teach 4th grade. Teaching 4th grade was a lot of fun and I stuck with that for another 5 years. A spot in first grade opened up and I jumped on it and taught 1st grade for 8 years. Now I'm starting a new adventure in 5th grade and I can't wait to get started!
It is such and privilege to teach here at Smiley! I look forward to working with every one of my students! I also love to hear from my past students, so don't hesitate to visit if you have a chance.