Hello! My name is Olivia Thompson and I teach second grade. I have taught for seven years and couldn’t picture doing anything else. I taught pre-k for 3 years, kindergarten for 2 years, and second grade for 2 years. I have been apart of the Ellendale family for two years now and there is truly no place I would rather be! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a son who will be 3 in September and am expecting our newest addition in August. Teaching is truly my passion and I am so blessed to work for such a supportive school and district!
Hi! I'm Laura Starnes and I now teach first grade after 17 years of teaching kindergarten. Ellendale has been my home for the past six years. I have loved my school and my team since the moment I was welcomed in the door. I love using technology in my lessons and love, even more, to show others how easy it is to implement - even in kindergarten! I also have a passion for leading other teachers in Professional Development sessions to help them learn new ideas and how to incorporate them in their own classroom. When I am not teaching, I am home with my family. My husband and I have two boys (both are 7) and one girl (age 6). They also attend Ellendale and love it as much as I do.