Pirjo Thompson started at Westlake Academy as a Math Specialist in the beginning of 2015. This year, she teaches the 4th grade. Mrs. Thompson is originally from Finland, where she earned a M.Ed from the University of Helsinki and taught in the highly regarded Finnish public school system. She has been a teacher for over 30 years, teaching in Finland, Sweden, Germany, and in the Southlake ISD. Before moving to the USA, Mrs. Thompson taught math at the MYP level at the Oulu International School in Finland - a 400-pupil public IB School she helped to establish. She now lives in Southlake with her husband. They have three children, Taylor, Timothy, and Audrey, who all attended an IB School when living in Finland. Mrs. Thompson is excited to be back in an internationally minded school. She loves an atmosphere that encourages students to be open-minded and globally aware. One of Mrs. Thompson’s goals is to help each student find his or her strengths and motivation.