About Teacher - GATE

Mrs. Thornburg

Phone: (559) 595-7300


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Mrs. Thornburg

Welcome to the GATE page!! My name is Audra Sasselli Thornburg and I'm the DUSD GATE teacher. This is my 12th year teaching in Dinuba.  Prior to accepting the GATE position, I worked at Jeffereson Elementary, where I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  I have always enjoyed teaching the GATE cluster groups. I am looking forward to another exciting year of new adventures and competitions.

I grew up in the rural area of Selma and still enjoy country living.  As a child, I attended Jackson Elementary School, where I was in their "Honors" or GATE program.  I graduated from Selma High School in 1994.  I participated in many sports, activities, and clubs, but my favorite high school memories are of playing my trumpet.

After high school, I attended Reedley College, then transferred to Fresno State.  Upon receiving my Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Credential, I continued my education and earned a Master's Degree in Education. 

When I'm not working, I enjoy all things adventure.  I have spent more than 30 years driving race cars competitively across the United States.  I love open wheel racing, specifically.  The past 11 years, I've spent driving sprint cars. I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, surfing and love any sport with a motor.  Most recently, I have been commentating auto races on MavTV. 

I have a 6 year old daughter, Gianna, that loves adventure as well.  She is a great little hiker and an aspiring racer herself.  She also loves reading, skiing and traveling to National Parks to collect Junior Ranger badges. 



Welcome to GATE


    All district GATE, at Kennedy, will begin Monday, August 21st and run through September 29th.


    Monday - 3rd grade - 1:00 - 4:00 pm (All Schools)

    Tuesday- 5th grade - 1:00- 4:00 pm (GV-J-K-W-R)

    Wednesday- 6th grade - 2:00 - 5:00 pm (All Schools)

    Thursday- 4th / 5th Combo - 1:00 - 4:00 pm (4th-R / 5th-L)

    Friday - 4th grade - 1:00 - 4:00 pm (GV-J-K-W-L)