• Ms. Thornton

    Email: kathleen.thornton@marion.k12.fl.us

    Phone: (352) 465-6745 Extention 58298

    Office Hours: 8:15-9:00 am and 3:35-4:00 pm


    English 3 and AICE students for the 2020-2021 school year, our online point of contact will be Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed through the student portal and desktop. For a video on how to access, go to the Marion County School website


    A short Teams overview video has been created to demonstrate for parents how their student will access Teams as well as the basics of how their student will use Teams.  This video is currently linked on the district website.


    Link to Parent video:  https://youtu.be/ZGWde1jqdT8

    Technology and Student Help Desk: (352) 867-2100 7:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F

    Here is another video to  help you get started with Teams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO9LE6ZKnUM


    Dual-enrollment ENC 1101/1102 students for the 2020-2021 school year, our online point of contact will be through the College of Central Florida (CF) and through the Canvas platform. 

    To access Canvas: 

    (1) Log on to MyCF.edu. (2) Scroll down and cllick on MYCF (1st link in list) (3) Put in your CF ID and password. (4) Click on ACADEMICS in the ribbon. You will see Canvas on the right. (5) Cllick on Canvas; it will bring you to your Dashboard where you will find all your scheduled courses. (6) Click on your ENC 1101 course; it will bring you to the class HOME page. Beneath HOME on the left, you will see ANNOUNCEMENTS. (7) Click on ANNOUNCEMENTS and read the documents and watch the videos on or before August 24. (8) Go back to the list on the left and click on HOME again. This brings you to the MODULES. The first one is WELCOME. (9) Read the first three files on or before August 24.  


    Parents: Marion County Public Schools may record online classroom sessions utilizing third-party platforms (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.).  These recordings will only be used for educational purposes and may be shared on other learning platforms.  If you do not want your child’s image or identifying information recorded, utilize your device/platform controls to stop the camera feed from your device.


     ABOUT Ms. Thornton

    I have had a varied professional career having been a day care director, a restaurant manager, and a drug store manager. I first began my teaching career at Murray State University in Kentucky in 1992 where I taught English for seven years. My high school teaching career began in 1999, first in Kentucky and then in Florida. I have been at Dunnellon High School since 2006.


    A bit about me personally. I have one son, Keith, who is thirty-four. Two dogs--Dawn a husky and Gilda, an Australian Shepherd. I also have a black cat, Dusk. Needless to say, I am a great animal lover. For fun I love the water whether I am in it or on it. One of the best times of my life was to snorkel in the southern Gulf of Mexico (Cozumel, Mexico) where I felt as if I was in a tropical aquarium what with all the amazing varied ocean life I had never seen before except in their mini versions in pet/fish stores. I was all over Florida and other southern states when my son was young but have since sold my camper. I now go with my niece, Jennifer, and am seeing Florida all over again.  


    When I am not preparing for classes or grading, I spend time with family visiting sites around Florida or other states during summer vacation. Other than that, I love reading in a variety of genres, from Sci-Fi to romance.  Of course, being an English teacher, you can imagine I love to read--everything and anything. We will talk about options for reading and meeting the reading expectation in your classes. Most importantly, you need to keep up with what we do on a regular basis in class rather than waiting until the end of a grading period. The best way to stay up on what is going on if you miss class is to check with me as soon as you return or check with classmates. The best time to talk to me is before or after school. 


    I can't wait to meet you so we can have a wonderful school year!