LaDonna Thomas, Ph.D.

EL Specialist


About Me


"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically...Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."

--from "The Purpose of Education" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an English concentration and minor. I earned a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi. I am endorsed to teach English as a Second Language grades K-12 and English grades 7-12.

I began my career as an educator teaching high school English. Upon receiving my M.A., I moved abroad and taught high school ESL courses. After gaining many valuable and unforgettable professional and life experiences, I moved back to the U.S. in 2014 and have been employed with the DeSoto County School District ever since. I came into DCS as an elementary EL teacher. In 2017, I assumed the role of EL Specialist serving our district's twenty-three elementary schools.


"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."--Helen Keller


Meet Our Team!

Meet Our Team!


Each week we will highlight a member of our elementary EL team!

About our Team

Our team is comprised of teachers who pride themselves in (1) providing high-quality English language development instruction to English learners and (2) supporting ELs and their families in our elementary schools. Our teachers provide daily EL services to all English learners by creating language-specific lessons that are aligned to the MS English language proficiency standards and that are tailored to meet the various needs of individual learners across proficiency levels and content areas in the four domains of language.


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Announcements 2022-23

  • Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Please visit the following link for more details. 2022-23 Registration Information
  • August 4, 2023: Students' 1st day