Casey Thompson, Support Staff, Cafeteria Coordinator/Elementary Art Teacher

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Mrs, Thompson has held various roles with Clover Garden since 2016. Below is a short bio to help you get to know her a little bit better.

I am married to my best friend, Travis. We tied the knot in 2007 and have been on this adventure called life hand-in-hand ever since. In 2009 we were blessed with our daughter Ella. She added a whole new dimension of happiness to our lives! Ella is currently in fifth grade here at CGS. Our family has one dog affectionately called Beastly. She is a rescued Rotweiller that thinks she is a lap dog. We also have a small flock of hens.

My background is not rooted in education. However, I have found myself in the classroom! This career shift was brought about by my daughter Ella. When she was born my husband, Travis, and I made the decision that I would be a stay-at-home mom. This meant that I left my job in industry and was able to care for Ella full-time. As she approached Kindergarten age, we contemplated our education options. At that time, we decided to homeschool. It was a great year! Ella learned a lot as did I! Then we started hearing about this place called Clover Garden. We heard great things, things that made us consider exploring this place for our daughter. Boy are we glad we did! We were blessed that Ella's name was pulled for the first-grade lottery. During her first year I volunteered a lot and found that CGS was a great place for her to be as well as myself. So when administration approached me about working here I was honored and accepted! My first role was that of Cafeteria Coordinator (which I still do). In other words, I make sure all of our Grizzlies are fed each day. We can't have hungry Grizzlies roaming our halls! During the 2018-2019 school year I was asked to teach middle school art. This was a step outside of my comfort zone, but I found that I loved the challenge. I saw students create beautiful works of art, master new techniques and was able to witness the pride they had in a job well done. It was a very rewarding year. Now this year I am able to share art with our elementary students. Initially I came to CGS because of my daughter but now I feel that I am here to share and support all of our sons and daughters as we share this journey called education.

After graduating high school, I attended Rockingham Community College where I earned an Associate in Applied Science in Information Systems Technology. With the encouragement of my parents I continued my education at Averett University. After graduating Averett with a Bachelor of Science in Global Marketing Management I worked in industry until our daughter Ella was born. During this time, I also owned and operated an IT consulting company serving businesses and private clients. As I mentioned earlier when Ella was born I took on a new role, that of a stay at home mom. I am currently a full-time employee of Clover Garden and in the process of applying to various universities as I pursue my teaching certification. As we tell our students learning is a lifetime pursuit.

When not at school I enjoy several different hobbies. When time permits I love traveling with my family, reading, scrapbooking, photography, just about any outside activity, crafting, softball and listening to music. Anytime that I can spend together with my family doing what we love is time well spent! One fun fact that most people don’t know is that I love to drive! So when you see our family out and about normally I will be the chauffeur!

There have been several quotes that have really spoken to me and guided me through life. First off, I want to quote a wise man, my Daddy. He told me at a young age, "Casey, there are two types of people in the world, leaders and followers. Leaders can lay down at night and know they did it their way. They made their own choices. They followed what they knew was right or wrong. Their choices are on them. Followers do as they are told. They let other people make those decisions for them. When they lay down at night, they have to wrestle with whether they were comfortable with their actions. Being a leader is hard but at the end of the day you know your choices are just that...your choices." This was a big lesson that has followed me all of my life. I have seen and felt that truth for years.

Next would be verses taken from Psalms 91.

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

These verses remind me that God has got me, my situation, my fear and my future. Sometimes life throws us curve balls, but these verses give me confidence that I have an advocate on my side that is bigger than my fear or circumstance.

One last quote that speaks to me comes from former UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden.. "If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes." I like everyone else make mistakes. I hope that I have the grace to accept the mistakes of others and they too can extend grace to me.