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Coursey Joins Science Department

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Mrs. Valerie Coursey, is a new teacher in the THS Science Department.

Mrs. Valerie Coursey, is a new teacher in the THS Science Department.

Photographer-Kelsey Barton

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Mrs. Valerie Coursey, is a new teacher in the THS Science Department.

Kelsey Barton, Reporter/Photographer

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Every school gets new teachers and this year THS has had the amazing pleasure of having many new additions to the Bobcat family. Mrs. Valerie Coursey is a science teacher at THS. Her classes are Physical Science, Earth Science, Pre-Biology and Forensics. She started her college career as an Animal Science and Farm Business major. While she was there she met her husband and started a family. Then when her oldest was 18 months of age she went to Missouri State University-West Plains and started her education degree.

When asked if it is weird teaching a class that your kids may be able to be in Coursey said, “I have had all three of my children in my classes. My youngest, Shelby, I have had in sixth grade and now in ninth. My kids’ teachers have always complimented me on their behavior and work ethic and it has been good for me to see the same.”

Thayer is a small, rural school and every teacher that works here at Thayer has a special connection with their students. Mrs. Coursey said she has really enjoyed the culture, kids, and the staff. “ I really feel welcomed!”

Coursey said the thing she enjoys most about teaching is interacting with the students. “I am not interested solely in who they are as students, but about them as human beings. I love lab days, too!”

Since she became a teacher Coursey said there is not another career she would want to pursue. “I can truly say I have enjoyed every day,” Coursey smiled and said. “I hope to inspire kids to be good humans who know a few things about how the world they live in works.”

When asked what her most embarrassing moment was she said, “The students didn’t really know it happened, but one day as I was walking around the classroom talking about a topic, I stapled my finger with a stapler I had in my hand. It hurt a lot, but I didn’t let on.”

This is Coursey’s sixteenth year in public school and she taught for one year in a private Christian school.

When asked what her dream vacation would be she said, “I would love to go the Serengeti Plains on a Safari and then to the Coast of Africa in Zanzibar for some beach time!”

When she retires, Coursey wants to build or renovate a small house on a lake and have a couple horses and travel. She is married to Donnie, and they have three children: Rachel, Caitlyn “Caity” and Shelby. (Caity graduated from THS in 2017)

The CAT CHAT staff wants to welcome Mrs. Coursey and all of our new teachers. We hope you like it here. Welcome to the Bobcat family.

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