T..E..a..C..H.. What's it spell?!?! Best profession ever!!

2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year

 This is my 5x4+6 year of teaching!!  

The best pep rally occurs in the classroom!


Be the best Fraction of Kid's Day!!!



Kim Thomas is the the 1000 x 2 + 4^2 Illinois Teacher of the Year.  She is an inductee to the Illinois State University College of Education Hall of Fame.  She received the Friend of Special Education Award, Creative Teacher of the Year, and she joins 2% of the nations' teachers as a multiple year honoree in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers.


Mathivational Moments


Kim is a mathivational speaker!!  Kim's heartfelt + humorous stories of her > 10 x 2 + 6 years of teaching experience multiply her audiences passion for education!!  Kim speaks around the nation having people discover how they can be the length, width, and height in someone's life!!  Kim is the author of Mathivate.  Her mathlicious activities and projects will ensure math class is the best fraction of everyone's day!!! Purchase book at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/19761040416

I am a teaCHEER!!!


Kim has dedicated her teaching career to ensure kids are loved and have fun learning!! Her belief in the transformative power of education permeates everything she does in her classroom.  Kim has proven over and over again that every student can learn.  She cheers them on every day!!!  Her mathliciousness sweeps up even the most resistant student.  Kim currently teaches at the Peoria County Alternative School for kids who have been expelled.


Kim's Programs



 Kim will give your staff the pep rally they deserve!!!  She will multiply your audiences' passion!!!    

K…I…D…S…What’s it spell? Best people EVER!! What I love most about my classroom are the kids I get to share it with!!! All kids deserve someone who will infinitely cheer for them!! Whether you are inside the classroom or out, kids are our greatest common factor. We are teaCHEERs as we cheer for others while helping them grow.  Be a trendsetter, and create your own history!! Keeping up with the trends generates teachable moments, as well as, creating your own!!!!!! Mathlicious is something I created to rotate the negative parabolas on my kids’ faces into positive ones. Any classroom can be “licious!”  

Kidlicious is the goal!!   

I am a teaCHEER!!


T- E- A- C- H… What does it spell?!?! BEST PROFESSION EVER!!!! Hi!!! I am Kim Thomas the 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and I am exponentially excited to celebrate educators!!! I am a teaCHEER!!! I am ready + ready to cheer you on, and thank you for being the length, width, and height in your students’ lives!!! Add an E in teacher transforms us into a teaCHEER!!! We are teaCHEERs as we cheer for others while helping them grow. There are a variety of meanings for the extra “E” that makes us who we are as educators. Let’s give our kids the energy we would give our favorite team. The best pep rally occurs in the classroom!!! I have been teaching over half my life. My goal each year is to become better than the year before. Live + Laugh + Love =? You will find out soon!!! When we live it up, laugh every day, and love them always, kids will reach new heights!!!   We are going to LIVE it up, LAUGH a lot, and share the LOVE we have for kids!!! Join me in experiencing strategies that will have you adding to your passion, subtracting the I can’t, and multiplying by I can!! 

Mathivate…be the best fraction of a kid’s day!!


  M-A-T-H What does it spell? Best subject ever!!  Let’s celebrate KIDS + YOU + MATH!! You will leave this “celemathbration” with mathtastic learning experiences to implement in your classroom. Be ready to have an “amathazing” time with projects and activities that are personalized for kids. Mathlicious ideas like Math Muscles, Equationanza, MEflection SymMEtry, Fraction of Your Brain, MathO’ween, Namerea, Christmath Trees, Yahmathzee, and Snowmath Flakegraphs will put a positive parabola on everyone’s face!! Participants will have fun engaging in the learning process, gain ideas about building positive relationships with kids through teaching, and applying learning experiences that keep kids meaningfully engaged. Attendees will develop classroom “mathagement” techniques so that behaviors do not impede but rather support the teaching and learning. Bring your mathitude to this celemathbration!!

Contact Me

Kim Thomas

(309) 370-4265


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