Meet the Teacher

     Hello! My Name is Mrs Debbie Thomas and I am very excited to be starting my second year in the Pelham Community! Wellness is a subject, and a way of life, that I am very passionate about and I look forward to sharing information with the students, staff and families. 
    The Health curriculum will be based on National and State standards combined with specific community needs. I will be using a skills based model which takes the National Standards and uses them as a guideline to help students develop skills that will lead them towards a healthy and happy life. The skills we will be working on over the 3 years of Middle School are; 1) Analyzing influences 2) Accessing valid information 3) Interpersonal communication 4) Decision making 5) Goal setting 6) Practicing health-enhancing behaviors and 7) Advocacy. Within these skills there will be a variety of content that we will study and use to practice our skills. The content will be based on national/state standards and also on the specific needs of the Pelham community. I will use data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to examine youth health trends in NH and specifically in Pelham. With this data I can be sure to focus on content that will meet the needs of the students and families. Some content will include self-regulation skills and stress management, mental health, social health/relationships, tolerance, substance use and abuse, teen sexuality and self-esteem and nutrition. We will be using a variety of personalized learning strategies to encourage student ownership and confidence.
    Some information about me: I am married and have a 20 year old daughter and a Portuguese Water Dog named Benny who is 14 years old. I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and recently went back to school to earn my Master's Degree in Health and Physical Education, graduating in 2017! While I may look older than most 'new' teachers I am very young at heart! I love to be active and try new things. I stay active these days by running with a friend, walking with my husband and dog, playing golf, and eagerly trying other new activities when I can. I like to ski a bit in the winter (both cross country and downhill) and I sometimes surf very small waves in the summer. I enjoy reading, listening to music, watching movies, watching the Red Sox and Dancing With The Stars:)
    I look forward to meeting everyone as the school year begins! Please feel free to email me here with any questions or concerns. 
Yours in Health!
Mrs Thomas