Get ready to be the best possible version of yourself!

Hi, everyone!  My name is Mrs. Thorne and I am the reading resource teacher here at South Edgecombe Middle School.  I cannot wait for us to grow and transform as readers, as scholars, and as all-around awesome human beings this year!
 
To give you some background about who I am, I am a native eastern North Carolinian, growing up in New Bern.  Prior to this school year, I taught at Phillips Middle School in Battleboro, North Carolina.  I have taught English Language Arts and social studies in grades 6, 7, and 8.  I graduated from Duke University in 2016 with my Bachelor's degree in Art History with minors Italian and English.
 
Yes, I bleed Duke blue!  For those of you who aren't Duke fans, no need to worry; my husband graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a diehard Tarheels fan.  College basketball season is very exciting (and sometimes tense!) around our home!  When we are not enjoying our college rivalry, I also love:
  • to have my nose in a book.  I am always reading!  Ask me what I'm reading - it's always changing!
  • to travel.  I speak Italian fluently and have lived in Italy three times.
  • to visit museums.  Before becoming a teacher, I worked in museums.
  • to cook.  Cooking brings people together!
  • to relax with friends and family, especially around the water since I grew up on a river!
I cannot wait to know what makes you the awesome person that you are!
 
I truly believe in the power of literacy.  Literacy is the ability to express oneself and understand the world around us through written and spoken language.  Literacy can transform, or change, your life!  My classroom vision reads:
We will use our authentic voices and have agency in our communities.
"Authentic voice" is your own voice - not the opinions of anyone else.  Your authentic voice allows you to express yourself completely - your thoughts, your concerns, and your wildest dreams!  "Agency" is the ability to change things.  We all want to make our lives and the lives of others as good as possible.  You will understand in my class that you are a changemaker and you can create the world in which you want to live!
 
This year is going a great year!  Let's go Dragons!