Welcome to my class. My name is Mrs. Rachel Thigpen. I have 23 years teaching experience and have teaching experience in kindergarten, first, as well as second grade. I have a bachelor's degree, master's degree, as well as a specialist degree in Early Childhood Education. I am also Gifted Certified and teach the Advanced Placement class here at Northwest Laurens Elementary. I am married to John Victor Thigpen and have two beautiful children. My oldest child is Miranda Thigpen, a senior at West Laurens High. My youngest child is Matthew Thigpen, an 8th grade student at West Laurens Middle School. It is a pleasure to have your child in my classroom, and I look forward to a wonderful year.