• Thurmond, John

    (601) 898-8730


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    Welcome to Old Town Middle School and my teacher's web page. 

    As a part of the Special Education Services Department, I will be happy to assist you as best I can as a Resource/Special Education Services Teacher. You may contact me via email at jthurmond@madison-schools.com and I will try to help you the best I can. Let's work together to keep your children and my students focused and to help them to succeed to the next level.

    About the Teacher

    I am a certified teacher with 6 certifications: English 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, Business Education 7-12, Middle School Math, and Elementary Education K-6. In February of 2016, I attained my certification in Special Education by attaining the required score for that area on the Praxis II assessment. I received my degree in Elementary Education with a minor in General Business Administration from Mississippi University for Women. I graduated in December of 2005, and started teaching full-time in the fall of 2006 and have been teaching ever since. I started my college experience at the University of Southern Mississippi, and I also attended the University of Mississippi “Ole Miss”. I completed my Masters in Special Education in October of 2016 at Grand Canyon University, and I started my Doctorate on August 31st 2017, and in August of 2019, I transitioned to a Specialists Degree.
    Before I received my degree in Elementary Education, I was in the retail industry for almost 20 years. I have worked for a discount store, a department store, a wholesale florist, and a vacuum repair shop. I have taught: 5th and 6th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies, 8th grade Pre-Algebra, and 7th, 9th, and 11th grade English Language Arts.

    I have lived in almost every area of Mississippi, and even though I have enjoyed living on the coast with its sand and water, it was time to come back to Jackson to be a little closer to aging family members. I love a good road trip and really do not have a favorite spot. I do hope to travel overseas at some point, and some of the countries I would like to visit are China, Russia, Israel, and most every country in Europe. I have been known to attend several USM football games and always enjoy Hattiesburg. I also like going to concerts of some of my favorite entertainers when they are close by, and I love to go out to a good restaurant and eat a good meal with friends and family. 

    I am excited to be a part of the team at Old Town Middle School, and I love helping students learn and master concepts so that they can go to the next level.

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