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Thomas Courtney

Fifth Grade Teacher

Thomas Courtney is a 20-year educator in southeast San Diego and a fifth grade teacher. He believes in a whole child approach to teaching—even when only part of that child appears inside a little box on his computer screen.


  • After-School Learning

    How to Set Up an Online School Newspaper

    When this fifth-grade teacher shifted his school newspaper online, he found that students were motivated to produce high-quality work for an authentic audience—and felt more connected as a community.

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