LaDonna Thomas

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) from the University of Mississippi. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate 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-two elementary schools.

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"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


Summer Enrichment

Complete these activities each day this summer to keep your brains active.

Motivated to Read Mondays: Choose a book and read for at least 30 minutes. (Visit this website for free books )


Talk about it Tuesdays: Choose a family member and tell that person about what you read.


Write about it Wednesdays: Write a summary of what you read. Be sure to include details and a cool illustration!


Think and Listen Thursdays: Learn more about your family. Ask a family member one of the following questions. Take notes to help you remember.

  • What is your favorite food? Why?
  • What is your favorite animal? Why?
  • Do you like to cook? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite sport? Why?
  • What do you like to do for fun? Why?
  • What is your favorite time of day--morning, afternoon, or night? Why?
  • What is your favorite song? Why?
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Why?
  • What makes you feel better if you are having a bad day?
  • What makes a person a good friend?
  • Why is it important to help people?


Fun Fridays: Choose a fun, learning website and play for 15-30 minutes.


  • The first day of school for students is Thursday, August 5th. Check your child's school website for more details.