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      Hello and welcome to Sixth Grade! My name is Lea Thorne and I am very excited to be your teacher this year. This is my eleventh year of teaching. I am a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and have a Master's in Education and a post graduate certificate in Restorative Justice in Education from EMU. I have a twenty one year-old kid who attends UVA at Wise and three step-children, a 15 year-old and 13 year-old twins. I also have three crazy cats, a silly dog, and a very silly looking dog. 
        Sixth grade is an exciting year and a big change. I hope to make this transition as much fun as possible for you and your parents. I love hearing from both parents and students so please feel free to contact me. My email is lmurray@staunton.k12.va.us. You can also find a contact page on this website. I look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you as soon as possible.