She began her teaching career in 1991, in the New York Public School System, as a paraprofessional. In 1993, Dr. Thatch became a secondary-level science and mathematics teacher. She planned instructional strategies that were appropriate to the needs and strengths of her students. Dr. Thatch developed and facilitated workshops in high school mathematics, science and ESL/Bi-Lingual workshops for parents in mathematics. Dr. Thatch worked diligently in the classroom with her students, over an eight-year period, one of her greatest accomplishments was the development of The Thatch Method. Within The Thatch Method, the teacher and student roles are interchangeable. This effective method allows for a deeper level of science and mathematics teaching and learning. Her ability to go beyond the student’s difficulties in order to help him or her to achieve their academic goals. Dr. Thatch played an integral role in establishing and growing the online version of Texas Teacher Reading Academies (OTRA).
Credentials Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute (1991) Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York (1998) Specialist Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Queens College New York (2000) Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education with a specialization in Physics Education from The University of Texas at Austin (2008)
Science is Live in The Thatch Household - A Sample of some of our Impromptu Lessons
Lesson 1: Is it a boy or a girl?
Elke: These snails have to stop getting married, everyday I come home from school there is a new one!!!
After this statement, I conducted an online search to find out more about Snails. The words "Snail Sexuality" yielded a lot of information. So, I now know that Snails are Hermaphrodites. Planning this lesson for Elke is making me nervous, but we will get this done.
Stephen, my husband, "I want to hear you deliver this lesson!"
I consulted with my mother a retired after 40 years, Teacher, Headmistress, Reading Specialist, Mentor Teacher and currently, a volunteer Adult English as a Second Language (Teacher) for her church and local school district in Texas.
I am a firm advocate for teaching and learning, in each subject area, with the requisite vocabulary of the domain. In the home, we use no pretend names for body parts!
Requisite is defined as a "thing that is necessary for the achievement of a specified end: What is the 'specified end' in any teaching and learning interaction?
Different kinds of Hermaphrodites: 1. Sequential Hermaphrodites 2. Simultaneous Hermaphrodites 3. Pseudohermaphroditism
Our snails fall into the category of  Simultaneous Hermaphrodites, which means they have both male and female sex organs. Usually, they do not self-fertilize!
Lesson 2: A Mini Lesson: Solar System
The video below was created after Elke and I had locked horns, over completing her first grade homework assignment. This occurred during the fall semester of the 2010-2011 school year. Our routine was to complete home while I got dinner ready. After homework, we would eat dinner and talk casually about the day. That night, after homework, Elke refused to eat dinner with me. She had taken her plate of food upstairs to her room. I ate my dinner and went outside on the deck to relax. I decided to videotape this peaceful view.
Elke came out to join me on the deck.
Elke and Dr. Thatch created this image in Google documents. They clipped the image of the Solar System from the Web. The text around the image were developed from the discussions.
Some of the Questions we discussed: 1. How many moons does Earth have? [The Earth has one moon.] 2. What position is Earth from the Sun? [The Earth is the third planet from the Sun.] 3. How many moons does Jupiter have? [Jupiter has four moons. (We will discuss those moons in another lesson.)] 4. What position is Jupiter from the Sun? [Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun.]
Some of Elke's questions: 1. What about Pluto? Is Pluto still a Planet? 2. How did they decide Pluto was no longer a Planet? [I was like "Wow" about this question!]
The rest of the evening went very well. We continued our Read-a-Loud of 'The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.'