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elementary and adult education educator

Esther Merlene Thomas, American Elementary education educator. Certified elementary and adult education teacher. Recipient Outstanding Svc. award Parent-Teachers Association, 1972-1974; recognized for variouscontbns. Commdg. Post General, San Diego Board Education, 1989.


Thomas, Esther Merlene was born on October 16, 1945 in San Diego, California, United States. Daughter of Merton Alfred and Nellie Lida (Von Pilz) Thomas.


Associate of Arts with honors, Grossmont College, 1966. Bachelor with honors, San Diego State University, 1969. Master of Arts, University Redlands, 1977.


Teacher, Cajon Valley Union School District, El Cajon, since 1969;science fair coordinator, Flying Hills School. Teacher Hopi and Navajo Native Americans, Arizona, Utah, 1964-1974, Goose and Gander Nursery School, Lakeside, California, 1964-1966. Director, superintendent Bible and Sunday schools various churches, Lakeside, 1961-1987.

Member science committee, mathematics county Cajon Valley Union School District, 1990-1991, library committee, 1997-1998.


  • Certified elementary and adult education teacher. Certified in crosscultural language and academy development, English language development.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Individualized Curriculum in the Affective Domain. Co-author: Campbell County, The Treasured Years, 1990. Songwriter: songs Never Trouble Trouble, Old Glory, Jesus Is Our Lord, Daniel's Prayer, There Lay Jesus, God's Hands, Washing Machine Charlie, Playmates, The Kid in the Hall, Spring Time on the Blue Ridge, Christ's DNA, If You Need Me, Chances (Four Star award, 2003), Blame, The Star of Bethlehem, Where the Eagle Flies, Born to Win, Happy Birthday Dear Jesus, Christmas Lights, Walk the Line, You Don't Know What Repentance Is, I'm Asking You, Clear the Path Lord, Aqua Forte, In the Volume of the Book, Home is Where the Heart Is, You Don't Even Know Who I Am, No Place to Cry, To Walk With God, Ixnay, If You Never Loved Me, for Columbine Records Corporation, Life of A Single Woman, Take This Pain Away, We Can Keep In Touch, Let Me Know, A Letter Is A Letter, The Battle, 2004.

      Contributor articles to professional journals, newspapers, chapters to books.


Tem. United States Senatorial Club, Washington, since 1984, Conservative Caucus, Inc., Washington, since 1988, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Ronald Reagan Republican Center, 1988, Republican Presidential Citizen's Advisory Commission, since 1989, Republican Platform Planning Committee, California, 1992, at-large delegate representing district #45,Lakeside, California, 1992, since 1995, American Security Council, Washington, 1994,Congressman Hunter's Off Road Advisory Council, El Cajon, California, 1994, Century Club, San Diego Republican Century Club, 1995. Member health articulation committee project Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Cajon Valley Union School District, since 1988, ConcernedWomen American, Washington, Recruit Depot History Museum, San Diego, 1989, Citizen's Drug Free American, California, since 1989, The Heritage Foundation, since 1988. Charter member Marine Corps Museum.

Member Lakeside Centennial Committee, 1985-1986. Honorary member Republican Presidential Task Force, Washington, 1986. Delegate California Rep.Senatorial Mid-Term Convention, Washington, 1994.

Music curator Lakeside History Society, 1992-1993. Member Teachers Association, California Teachers Association, Cajon Valley Educators Association (faculty advisor, representative 1980-1982, 84-86, 87-88), National Trust for History Preservation, Christian Business and Professional Women, Trust for History Preservation, Ridgecrest Golden Terrace Park Association (president 1998), Nashville Songwriters Association, Capitol Hill Women's Club, American Center for Law and Justice, International Christian Women's Club (Christian ambassador to Taiwan, Korea, 1974).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: world traveling, Christian teaching, vocal music, piano, guitar.


Merton Alfred Thomas

Nellie Lida (Von Pilz) Thomas