Thurston is a New Jersey native that relocated to the Bay Area in 2019. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Legal Studies from Temple University, he interned at a law firm while working as a part-time kindergarten assistant and substitute teacher. This time in the classroom sparked his love for teaching and inspired him to forgo law school to pursue a New Jersey teaching certification via the Alternate Route program. Thurston later decided to continue his education and earned a M.A. in Teaching of Students with Disabilities from Georgian Court University. Since attaining his teaching certification, he gained experience in teaching kindergarten, first and second grades in both general education and special education settings. 

"A strong education is the fundamental tool that allows students to achieve long term success. I believe students must be exposed to as much as possible, allowing them to visualize the world outside of their society and inspiring them to connect this world with their own. Students must be shown how the material relates to their day to day situations, but they must also learn about concepts that occur outside of their communities."