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Assistant Principal

Beth Thomas, Assistant Principal

     I am privileged to say this is my eleventh year as assistant principal of T.L. Rodes.  As a product of the Bossier Parish school system, I am honored to serve in this capacity in my own community.  I am a graduate of Airline High School, and I received my Bachelor's Degree in elementary education from LSUS.  I then went on to earn my Master's Degree in school counseling from LA Tech and my Plus 30 in administration/supervision from Centenary College.  

     Before becoming a Wrangler, I began my teaching career at Benton Elementary.  In my ten years at BES I taught second and third grades and spent some time as their counselor.  

     I have been married for 21 years to my husband, Reed, and we have two sons, Leighton (6) and Walon (3).  

     In my spare time I like to run.  I have completed four marathons and eight half-marathons.  I also like to hang out with my boys during hunting season at our deer lease in southern Arkansas.


TIPS FOR PARENTS: When Your Child Starts School

  • Make a swift exit.  Take your cue from the teacher and from your child, but when it’s time to go, go. A quick exit will be more useful to your child than a drawn-out goodbye. You can often call school later to check on how a young child is doing, and you’ll probably find out that he/she’s doing fine.
  • Recognize that the day your child first goes off to school is an important event. It is the first major separation from the secure and familiar world of home and family, and it marks entrance into a new universe of friendship, learning, and adventure—a world that parents can never again entirely share. Your greatest gift to your child at this time is your loving support and understanding.
  • Prepare your child for the new school experience by explaining what to expect and answering all questions honestly. A child may be anxious, and needs to know details such as how long they will be at school, in order to handle the stress involved.
  • Convey a positive attitude about school. If parents show enthusiasm for what the school experience can mean, the child is more likely to look forward to it.
  • Make transportation plans clear to the child. Identify what the school bus will look like or let the child know if he/she will be picked up in the car line. If the child cries, try not to over-react; in most cases the tears will soon disappear.
  • Create a normal routine atmosphere at home the first few days of school. Take an active interest in what your child tells you about school. Be a good listener, allowing time to talk about school and the people there.
  • Give your child free playtime at home. Now that your child spends more time in a structured school environment, you should allow more free time at home for play.
  • Get to know your child’s teacher. Join the PTO, or volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Praise your child for the good things he/she has done. A pat on the back for the right answers can go a long way. Too often we tend to focus on poor performance and behavior.
  • Treat going to school as part of the normal course of events, something that is expected of your child and accepted by you. A calm, matter-of-fact, positive attitude is your goal.
  • Help your child cope with occasional frustrations and disappointments at school.