Educator, Shiprock, New Mexico

Ms. Thomas is an educator who believes that students of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds deserve access to excellent teachers and high quality instruction within their own communities. Coming from a family of educators and school administrators, Andrea has a true passion for teaching and preparing the next generation of learners.  Andrea received her certification through the University of New Mexico, where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education. She is currently in her sixth year teaching third and fourth grade at Mesa Elementary in Shiprock and feels very privileged to work in her home community and at the same school she attended. She enjoys helping her students to excel outside of the classroom setting as an Elementary Cross Country Coach and a Middle School Robotics Team Mentor. In addition to helping children, Andrea is committed to empowering teacher voice and improving parent advocacy to help improve education in New Mexico. Recently Andrea was recognized by the the New Mexico House of Representatives for “Significant Achievements to the Community.”