Kayla Klossner-Thompson and Cole Thompson attended the same high school, but their friendship didn’t start until they met at S&T in 2013.
“Our friend groups just didn’t overlap,” she says. “He was the drum major and I was a cheerleader.”
That all changed inside the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, where Cole had a class at 1 p.m. and Kayla had a class at 2 p.m.
“Merilee Krueger taught both courses and I totally give her credit for what happened next,” she says. “I’d always say hi as we passed in the H-SS ground-floor hallway, but he’d never respond.”
After a few weeks of Kayla’s consistent “hi’s,” Cole sent Kayla a message on Facebook.
“Yes, he asked me out on Facebook,” she recalls. “He said he wasn’t brave enough to do it in person. His message said we seemed to have a lot in common and asked if I’d go out with him. I still have the screenshot.”
Kayla graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math in 2014, and currently works as a special education teacher at Mark Twain Elementary in Rolla. Cole earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2015 and currently works as a special education teacher at Wyman Elementary in Rolla. The couple married in 2015 and today have two children.
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