Ms. Thatcher received her B.A. in English and Communication Education from Northern Illinois University and her M.A. in Education from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, she was an athlete on the NIU Swim Team, had an internship in the Athletic Department and volunteered as a swimming instructor and at a homeless shelter. Ms. Thatcher has been in the field of education since 2005 and worked in the South Suburbs prior to coming to JAHS. Ms. Thatcher believes in having her students work to become educated members of society who take responsibility for themselves, respect themselves and others and have the motivation and drive to achieve their own personal goals. She lives with her significant other and 2 children.