Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Ruth Thompson
Teaching is a family tradition for me. I come from a long line of educators. This is the beginning of my 21sth 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 University. 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. I eventually decided to move down to elementary school and came 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. I moved to 5th grade 3 years ago and I am enjoying this opportunity to explore new concepts with Smiley's big kids on campus.
It is such a privilege to teach here at Smiley!