• Hello!  My name is Tami Thomason.  I'm very excited to be teaching 7th and 8th grade Science for my 8th year at Highland East Junior High.
    You should know a little about the science teacher that will be taking care of your child this year.  This will be my 11th year of teaching, but this is not what I thought I was going to do with my life.  I lived in Michigan for 23 years.  I received my first degree (Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Anti-terrorism) from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.  After graduating in April, 2002 (just after 9/11) the job market in Michigan dropped drastically.  I started making a Plan B.   In October, 2002 I moved to Oklahoma to study Meteorology at the most prestigious meteorology school in the world, the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER SOONER!).  While in the process of that degree, I realized I had enough credits for a degree in secondary science education (I should have listened to my mom when I was 10!).  So, 12 years and three degrees later, I'm still living in Oklahoma and love my job, just as my mom said I would.
    When I'm not at school, I am very busy.  I have four children ages 14, 13, 10, and 8. We also have 4 cats, 3 dogs, 2 leopard geckos ( Gary England who resides in my classroom and Callie), Squirtina (the turtle who also takes up residence in my classroom), a bearded dragon (belongs to my 10 year old), and many fish (my 8 year old's pet). In all of my spare time, I enjoy doing things with my family: kayaking, horseback riding (especially bareback), or watching them in their activities (ROTC drill team and honor guard, guitar, dance, and soccer, respetively). I have leash trained a leopard and two white tigers and, though it's really tough work, I can't think of anything cooler to do...except chase tornadoes.
    I am so excited to be back at HEJH.  If your child is an 8th grader this year, he/she will spend the year learning the laws of physics, some basic chemistry, and geology (rocks, minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate tectonics.  This is my favorite 8th grade material to teach!).  If your child is a 7th grader, he/she will be learning about weather (and they will come home telling you a full weather report in the spring!), space, genetics, adaptations of plants and animals, and comparative anatomy
    I'm looking forward to an amazing year of science with your student!  Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions. Email is usually the best contact.  Click here for a direct link to my email.