Phone: 832-5800 x1888


Degrees and Certifications:

Emporia State University M.S., Gifted Education Baker University M.A., Business Management University of Kansas Elementary Education

Julia Thomas

I started my teaching career working with Kindergarteners. After five fun-filled years, I moved up to 3rd grade and then on to gifted education. I taught as the lone gifted facilitator in a K-12 setting for two years before coming to Lawrence in 2013. It was a great experience working with such a variety of levels, but I enjoy the focus on elementary gifted education. I appreciate the opportunity to help formulate academic ambition and ownership in learning at an early educational stage. I feel strongly that this is the key to a gifted student's realization of their full potential.


At home, I garden, sew and experiment in the kitchen. My spouse is a federal scientist. He has an interesting job and can travel all over the world. I enjoy hearing of his adventures but am content to stay behind. My children are grown, but I fill my empty nest with my beloved pets.