My name is Tammie Thornton and I am a First Grade Teacher at the Kyrene Digital Academy. This is my 18th year working in the Kyrene School District. Prior to this year I spent 17 wonderful years at Kyrene Monte Vista. I received my teaching and music degrees from Grand Canyon University. I am considered a "Highly Qualified Teacher" by Federal Standards. I also have my SEI endorsement. I was born and grew-up here in Arizona. I have been a Chandler resident for 29 years. My husband, Charles, and I have four grown-up children, three boys (Brad, Justin and Dylan) and one girl (Brittany). We also have three beautiful grandchildren, Di-Anna Jo (9), Amelia (3), and Jackson (2). We have another granddaughter due in September, as well. Our daughter, Brittany, and our five dogs and two cats keep us company at home now that our boys have moved on. I love the mountains and the outdoors. I enjoy singing, doing arts and crafts, camping, hiking, and fishing. My favorite color is red. My favorite animal is the Siberian Husky (I have three awesome huskies).