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9th Grade Literature & Composition


Master's degree in Teaching English Language Arts (University of West alabama)

Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, minor in English (Samford University)

Certified to teach: Physical Education, Special Education, English

AP Seminar certified

AP Literature certified

AP Language certified

Gifted endorsed







 Taught or coached swimming for 28 plus years, including college swim classes.

 Previous USSA swimming coach

Developed and implemented recreational programs for Guntersville Recreation Dept., eleven years

Homeschooled three children for several years. I used a literature based program that I created, using a panoply of resources.

Ten years at Alexander High School

One year at Coosa Christian School in Gadsden, Alabama

Successfully piloted the Read 180 Program for Alexander High School




This is my tenth year to teach at Alexander High School, although I was a short and long-term sub here for several years before that.  In the year 2016-17, I was voted Teacher of the Year for Alexander High School and was a Semi-finalist for Douglas county.

All three of my children graduated from Alexander High School with honors. Go cougars!

I received a degree in Physical Education and a minor in English from Samford University. I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Arts from the University of West Alabama.  Today I am certified to teach English, Special Education and Physical Education. I have a gifted endorsement and have been trained in AP English, AP Language, and AP Seminar.

I have spent most of my life teaching, coaching, and raising a family. In college, I taught introductory swimming classes and in the summers I ran recreation programs in my home town. Later I organized new swim programs in the areas in which we lived. I taught high school English before I had my first child. Then for many years, I was mom, wife, coach and teacher of miscellaneous "stuff." For several years I taught my children at home, which is why they are so smart! They say I was unreasonably demanding. You be the judge:)

Today, when I am not grading essays, I enjoy playing the French horn, or reading a good book.  I can also totally immerse myself in writing and am working on several creative pieces.  In the summers, I teach Bible studies for women out of my home, which is very satisying.

I look forward to meeting my students. Each one is valuable; therefore, I will treat each one with great care. See you in room 408!

Mrs. Karen Thornton