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Elaine Thurmond

Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice

Elaine Thurmond


B.S. - Fort Valley State University, 1986 - Early Childhood Education
M.Ed. - Brenau University, 1991 - Early Childhood Education, Teacher Support Specialist Endorsement
Ed.S. - Brenau University, 1994 - Early Childhood Education
Ed.D - Nova Southeastern University, 2004 - Educational Leadership, ESOL Endorsement


Dr. Elaine Thurmond has served 31 years in public education as a classroom teacher, Instructional Liaison Specialist, Instructional Support Specialist and Assistant Principal. During her 3 years with the Georgia Department of Education, she trained several schools to implement America’s/Georgia Choice School Design. Her experiences in higher education spread over three universities during the past eleven years as a Faculty Member, Adjunct Professor, Online Facilitator, Dissertation Committee Member and College Supervisor for Field Experiences. She holds the following Georgia certifications: Early Childhood Education, Instructional Supervision, Administration and Supervision, Teacher Support Specialist and ESOL.


Dr. Thurmond enjoys teaching in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as supporting students while taking part in their field experiences.
At Mercer, she has taught the following classes: Exploration of Learning through the Creative Arts, Teaching Social Studies for Early Childhood Educators, STEM for the Youngest Learner, Science for All Learners, Preparing the Early Childhood Environment and Health, Nutrition and Safety and Culture & Education Responsive Pedagogy, Professional Practicum and Student Teaching.


Dr. Thurmond is passionate about her work in developing future teachers to ensure that they are prepared to be successful in any learning environment. She has presented at several local, regional, national conferences.


Zipangani, Z., Whatley, C., Roberts, C., Feng, L., Baugher, G., Thurmond, E., Ballenger, J.,     
Walthall, S., Baskaran, V., (2018, June). Mercer University STEM/STEAM Partnerships with Stakeholders: Schools, Communities, and Industry. Network of STEM Education Centers Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Thurmond, E., Machado, R., (2017, September). The Challenge of Change: One School’s Story
of Success. Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Macon, Georgia.

Terrell, J., Thurmond, E., (2014, November). The Language of Math: Integrating Language
Arts. Southeast Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Regional Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ruzzene, E., Thurmond, E., (2012, February). A Model for Success: Strategies for Every ESOL
Classroom, Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conferences, Atlanta, Georgia.

Thurmond, E., (2003, August). Mathematics Standards – Teaming to Create Success for All
Children, Atlanta Public Schools New Teachers Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Thurmond, E., (2001, July) Counting Money. Atlanta Public Schools Best Practices Conference,
Atlanta, Georgia.

Thurmond, E., (2000, September) Positives Outnumber Negatives In Atlanta Teacher’s
Approach, Mid-Term Report - Windows on Math from Optical Data/McGraw Hill. Atlanta, Georgia.

Thurmond, E., Inman, E., (1998). Phonics and Words are Everywhere – Georgia State
University Kaleidoscope Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.


Site Visitor for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
College Ad-Hoc Strategic Planning Committee
Tift College Fieldwork, Curriculum and STEM committee