Mrs. Jessica Thomas » Welcome!


I obtained a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in biology from Waynesburg University.  Following 2 years of scientific research within the University of Pittsburgh, I returned to Waynesburg University and continued my education to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching with a certification in biology and special education. 


Prior to Norwin, I taught science courses (biology, chemistry, general science, anatomy/physiology and forensics) within a private school for 2 years.  I began teaching at Norwin High school in 2013.  Since I began teaching each year brings new students, new experiences and new moments of pride.


My teaching philosophy is very simple; students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.  I show my caring through mutual respect from my students and by trying to help them find their dreams and strengths so they can believe in themselves the way I believe in them. I was the first generation in my family to attend college and was once a student just like the ones I teach and somebody believed in me.  I understand college is not always the avenue for every student, but believe every student has a strength and the ability to do well given the proper tools.


I was born and raised in Lower Burrell, PA.  My husband and 2 children moved closer to Norwin in 2014.  Jonathan, my husband, works as a water treatment consultant/specialist on a national level.  My children, Maria and Landon, currently attend a local school district.  Both children are very active and consume a lot of our time outside of school and the work day.  We also adopted a mixed breed dog, Ares, 3 years ago when he was a puppy.  I enjoy fitness, reading and spending time with family and friends.  Altogether, we love the area, residents and experiences since our move. 


I look forward to many more years of teaching and students within Norwin School District.