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Tabitha Purvis - Thomson Elementary School

Q. How many years have you been teaching and what subjects and grades are you currently teaching?

A. This is my fourth year (all at Thomson Elementary). I taught first grade for one year and have been teaching third grade since.

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I have been married for six years to Brian Purvis. We have no children, but love our "little buddies," Destiny, Sierra, Dallas, Hayden and Skylar (nieces and nephews).

Q. What do you do when you're not teaching?

A. I like to work with the Victim Assistance Program at the District Attorney's Office. I also like to read children's books, spend time with family and friends, and in the fall, attend Georgia games or hunt.

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

A. I love laughing with the children. Throughout the day, our class celebrates when someone excels at what they are doing, does a spur of the moment theater production of whatever we are reading or tells a silly story. I try to keep them smiling, so that by the end of the day, we have learned, but still had a great time. I love when they have a big smile on their faces while they are telling me what they've understood. And when they come to school, grinning from ear to ear with a Ziploc bag of live worms ... that is the best day of the week.

Q. What other information might people be interested to know about you?

A. I wanted to be an attorney when I was in high school. I was blessed with the opportunity to work at the District Attorney's Office for several years where I was able to participate in criminal prosecution as a victim advocate. Although my time spent there is invaluable, I realized that teaching is my true calling.

Web posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009

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