Cynthia Tuggle Thomas

Phone: 205-228-4072


Degrees and Certifications:

TWITTER: @TugglePhysics EDUCATION: The University of Alabama: B.S. Secondary Education / Comprehensive Science Penn State University: Graduate Studies in Educational Psychology The University of Alabama: Master's of Art in Physics Education

Cynthia Tuggle Thomas

I attended The University of Alabama from 1986-1990 and marched with the Million Dollar Band for 2 years.  I graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education /Comprehensive Science and recently returned to complete a master's in Physics Education.  After graduation my husband and I spent 6 years in the frozen north at Penn State University where I studied Educational Psychology.  After six years of driving in snow, shoveling snow, and enduring endless months of snow we returned home to Alabama.   

I can't believe I am about to start my 25th year in education.  I have also taught at Minor High School (9 years) and Shades Valley/JCIB (10 years). 

In 2015 I achieved National Board Certification in Physics--it was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. 

During the summer of 2018 I participated in Southern Research's Summer Internship Program for STEM Educators where I was able to discover how physics princples are applied in scientific reseaerch.


My husband and I have been married for 29 years and have three wonderful children.  Cate is a sophomore at UAB double majoring in materials engineering & PHYSICS!, Blake is a senior and plays goalie for the lacrosse team, and Austin is a freshman and will sing in the Chamber Choir, and participate in theater department.  



1996-2005 Minor High School

  • Physics, Biology, Physical Science, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science

2005-2015 Shades Valley High School

  • AP Physics, Biology, Physical Science
  • IED, DE, POE, CIM, & EDD

2015-Present Hewitt Trussville High School

  • AP Physics C, Advanced Physics, General Physics, Physical Science
  • Contact Information:
    Phone:  205-228-4072
    Twitter:  @ThePhysicsLady

    Supply List:

    • Scientific Calcuator **must bring to class every day
    • Graph Paper
    • 3-Ring Binder
    • Colored Pencils
    • Ruler
    • Chromebook Compatible Headphones

    Cleaning Supplies:

    • Lysol or Chlorox Wipe / Hand Sanitizer / Paper Towells

     New Parts of the Brain Become Active After Students Learn Physics

    Teaching Schedule:

    1. General Physics
    2. Physical Science 
    3. Prep
    4. AP Physics 2
    5. Virtual Support
    6. Physical Science
    7. General Physics