Wildcat Way in action: CWU alumni Rob and Stacey Thomas make their mark in South Puget Sound

  • January 26, 2024
  • Robin Burck

Rob and Stacey Thomas are two Central Washington University alumni whose journeys in education and health care exemplify the Wildcat Way.

Rob (’00, ’05) is currently in his 18th year of teaching eighth-grade health and PE at North Tapps Middle School and has dedicated his career to shaping the minds of young individuals.

Beyond the classroom, he coaches four sports throughout the year, instilling a sense of discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship in his students.

“Rob sees teaching not just as a profession but as a calling to be a positive influence on the lives of his students, teaching them not only academics but also essential life skills to become positive contributors to society,” said his wife, Stacey.

alumni-feature-rob-stacey-thomas-2.jpgStacey (’01) has been in the optometry field for over 14 years. Her role as an administrative professional has allowed her to interact closely with patients, guiding them through the intricacies of insurance, ensuring their eye health, and helping them find the perfect pair of glasses.

Reflecting on her time in Ellensburg, Stacey has fond memories of when she was a student.

“One of my absolute favorite memories of CWU was when Sir Mix-a-Lot did a street concert on Pearl Street in front of what used to be the Oak Rail,” she said. “Sporting events and Friday nights in downtown Ellensburg will always be some favorite memories as well!” 

Together, Rob and Stacey have one child, Isaiah, who is now in his second year at Grand Canyon University, studying screenwriting and digital design.

For this family, staying connected to CWU is more than just nostalgia; it's a strategic choice.

“It is important to stay connected to CWU because it provides a network of resources,” the couple said. “Not only connections with other alumni in social settings but also professionally. It’s great to see the number of alumni succeeding in different fields.”

Witnessing the success of CWU alumni in various fields is a source of inspiration and motivation for both Rob and Stacey.

As the legacy of CWU continues to thrive through individuals like the Thomases, it becomes evident that the university's impact extends far beyond the campus boundaries.

It's a testament to the transformative power of education and the lasting connections created at CWU.

The CWU Alumni Association has been working to grow the number of alumni involved in their communities, and Rob and Stacey have become leaders in the South Puget Sound area.

Free events called CWU AlumNights are hosted in different regions across the state and give the Wildcat family the opportunity to engage with other alumni and friends of the university in their area.

The next alumni association AlumNight in South Puget Sound is on January 31, at West 122 in Tacoma.

To stay informed about all upcoming alumni events in your area, sign up for a free account on WildcatsConnect and check out the upcoming events.

If you’re interested in becoming a chapter leader in your area, please contact the alumni office at alumni@cwu.edu or 509-963-1891.

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