Award Year: 2013

Thomas Magnet School

515 Tate Avenue
Shelbyville, TN, 37160-3288

(931) 684-6818

Janice Womble, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Mindi DeWitt, Current Principal

Bedford County Schools

School Website


The mission of Thomas Magnet School is to provide an environment that will challenge, enrich, and nurture students’ ability to achieve success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Thomas Magnet School is located in the rural community of Shelbyville in Bedford County, Tennessee. The local community is small with a population in Shelbyville of approximately twenty-thousand people. Bedford County is known for agriculture including the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and also pencil manufacturing.

We pride ourselves in a student centered learning environment and our rigorous curriculum prepares our students for future academic demands. Our teachers rise to this challenge by offering a variety of educational experiences to enrich students and empower them to expand their horizons. Each child is valued and loved as we work as a community of learners to ensure that all students achieve their highest academic potential.

Students explore learning through hands-on experiments and projects during enrichment classes. Student products are displayed during TMS’s annual Showcase Night. Students learn to express their thoughts and opinions by communicating openly during Paideia Socratic Seminars. A musical production exhibits the musical and dramatic talents of the student. Students participate in Chinese culture taught by a teacher from the Confucius Institute. Through Mandarin language lessons and Chinese culture, students are exposed to a global view at an early age. Kindergarten students participate in the SMART program in related arts classes.

Volunteers play a critical role in the development of each child’s educational success at TMS, and we value our relationship with our parents and our community as we work together toward student success.