Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in English from University of Southern Mississippi; M.A. in English from University of Alabama at Birmingham; M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from University of Alabama at Birmingham Certified in ESL, English Language Arts, and Spanish
Mrs. Rhonda Gregg
I graduated from Petal High School in my hometown of Petal, Mississippi. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Southern Mississippi. I continued my education at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where I received my Master of Arts degree in English Literature. After teaching for several years, I returned to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I received a second Master of Arts degree, this time in Teaching English as a Second Language.
My first teaching job was as a graduate assistant in the English Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After working as a tutor in the university's Writing Skills Center, I taught Freshman Composition for two years while earning my Master's Degree in English Literature. After completing my Master's Degree, I taught several Freshman Composition classes as an adjunct instructor at Bevill State Community College. After working as a writer for two years for UAB Magazine, I accepted a position as a teacher at a small private school in Shelby County. In this position, I taught 6th, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade English, 12th grade Advanced Placement English, Spanish I, Spanish II, and a middle school Spanish enrichement class. I worked as a middle and high school teacher for 10 years. After staying home with my children for a few years, I returned to teaching, this time as an ESL teacher. I accepted temporary positions at Meadowview Elementary School and Calera High School before I accepted my first permanent ESL teacher position split between Helena Intermediate and Helena Middle Schools. I transferred to Thompson Intermediate School and am now in my sixth year at TIS.
I was born in Bay Springs, Mississippi and lived in the same town until I was in 10th grade. My mother was an elementary school teacher, and my father was a high school history teacher, principal, then superintendent. I grew up immersed in the world of education and always knew that teaching was what I was meant to do. My family moved to Petal, Mississippi when I was in high school because of my father's career. I graduated from Petal High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating from college, I married my high school sweetheart who had moved to Birmingham to attend school and play baseball for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. We relocated to Homewood and lived there for two years before buying our first house in Alabaster. We have two children. Our daughter, Peri, is in 12th grade at Thompson High School, and our son, Jackson, is in 8th grade and attends Thompson Middle School. Our children keep us very busy. We love watching our daughter cheer for THS and watching our son swim for the Alabaster YMCA swim team and play baseball through the Alabaster Parks and Recreation teams. We have attended Westwood Baptist Church for the past 13 years.