By Emma Limor ’21
Margaret Thompson entered the middle school community as a seventh and ninth grade science instructor. She is currently teaching Integrated Science I and Biology Honors. A science teacher of six years, Thompson said she is excited to continue her career in education at the Middle School.
Coming from Foothill Country Day School in Claremont, California, Thompson is teaching ninth graders for the first time. Thompson said her transition from Foothill Country Day School to the Middle School was large, because there are great differences between the two.
“Students have a lot more freedom here. There is an intensity, and people take education seriously for sure. I have never had a team of teachers to work with, so I am getting used to working best with my team,” Thompson said.
Having studied both chemistry and religion in college, Thompson has a different perspective on teaching and has set new goals for this year. She said that she would like to find the best way to teach her curricula and share information while also figuring out how to work with students with the right amount of student independence.
Thompson said that she has enjoyed her experience at the Middle School so far. She has met many new students, as the Middle School has more students than her previous school.
“My most enjoyable part of my experience at the Middle School so far are my students, for sure. Students seem genuinely interested in learning new things, and everybody seems to always try their best. We can also joke around as well,” Thompson said.
Not only has Thompson said that she enjoyed her experience here so far, but her co-workers have also said they enjoy her addition to the science department.
“I can already tell within the first week that Thompson is incredibly attentive to her students. She is really attentive to the members of the team as well and helpful during our meetings. She is responsible, replies to emails promptly and asks great questions,” Alex Ras, Head of Middle School Science Department Head, said.
Students said they have found their class time with Thompson enjoyable, as she brings a positive energy.
“She always comes into class with a smile on her face and is personable even during technical lectures,” Alon Moradi ‘21 said.