Phone: 205-685-6700


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science-Biology Masters Degree in Secondary Education Science Teacher Certification Principal Certification

Mrs. Bethany Knighten

Hello Warrior Family,

I cannot find the words to express the joy and excitement I have about my new beginning at Thompson High School! I bring to THS over 19 years of successful experience serving students as a science teacher. I began my journey in Dallas, TX where I spent 14 years teaching Chemistry and Physics. Then my family and I moved to Denver, Colorado where I taught Earth Science and Biology for five years. Teaching is my passion, and I come from a family of strong  driven educators. My mother taught in Birmingham City Schools over 30 years, my brother and sister-in-law are principals, and even my in-laws were educators. I have high expectations for my students and believe that they can accomplish all of their dreams and goals.

I was born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in Birmingham, AL. I graduated from Talladega College with a degree in Biology and received my masters in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. I also have extensive school leadership experience and completed my principal licensure program at the University of Colorado Denver. I have been married to the love of my life over 20 years, and we have three beautiful children. Our son is currently serving our country in the Army. Our oldest daughter attends Alabama A&M University, and our youngest daughter is in high school. I also have a precious but spoiled Schnauzer named Tyson.

I am looking forward to having an awesome year with you! God Bless! 


Mrs. Bethany Knighten