Beth Thornbury Staff Photo
Subjects Taught
Excel Program (Gifted)


I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Human Ecology (Interior Design 1990). I earned my middle grades teaching certification through the University of West Georgia in 1994. Later, I attended Brenau University and earned a Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education (2002). Most recently, I attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. I graduated with a doctoral degree in Leadership and Professional Practice in May of 2010.


This is my 23rd year teaching. The first seven years were at Chatsworth Elementary in fourth grade. I have since then taught Excel at both Chatsworth and Spring Place Elementary. I also was the Gifted Program Coordinator in Murray County for five years.


Before I was a teacher, I was an interior designer. I enjoy doing that kind of work but working with children is my true love! My husband, Chris, is also a teacher. He is an assistant principal at Murray County High School. Chris and I met at U.T.C. where we both went to college. We have three children: David, Clay and Blaine. David is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and a geography teacher and wrestling coach at Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County. Clay is a junior English/Spanish major at Kennesaw State. Blaine is a senior at Murray County High School. Our family also includes our pets: dogs- Woodrow, Lorrie and Milky Way and two cats: Bob and Donnie. I have lived in Chatsworth since 1994. My original "hometown" is Knoxville, Tennessee. My parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins still reside there. We visit my old hometown often.

Besides spending time with my family I also enjoy helping others. I am the Junior Beta Club sponsor and I love to see young people develop a desire to help others. In my spare time I volunteer for the Murray County Saturday Sacks program, Murray County Community Christmas, The Pilot Club of Chatsworth, and Keep Chatsworth / Murray Beautiful. I am also on the Executive Board for the Georgia Association for Gifted Children. I previously served as secretary and am currently one of the convention co-chairs. I try my best to live out the motto: esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem.)