There are some exciting changes afoot at MVGS this year, some as small as Mrs. Schmittou’s new son Luca, and some as large as entirely new programs of study. In the midst of all these new things, we also have a few new staff members. I’d like to introduce you to one of those new staff members, Dee Thompson. Mrs. Thompson will be teaching government and Research 2 on both campuses.
I never knew I’d end up working at a school with math and science in its name. In some ways, though, it’s a perfect fit for me. While I have been teaching various types of social studies (everything but US History) for 30 years, I’ve also always loved math and science. When I was in college, it just seemed like a good idea to take math and science classes as my electives within my history major. As a result, my undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science rather than a Bachelor of Arts (like you’d expect a history teacher to have).
I’ve been teaching at Liberty High School in Fauquier County for the past 15 years, but I have coached for 28 years. Mostly track and cross country, but also swimming, cheerleading, and girls lacrosse. Now I just love to run slowly with my golden retriever Daisy and listen to podcasts about politics and general stuff.
I am married to an ITRT (instructional technology resource teacher), have one daughter who lives in California, an “adopted” son in grad school, a dog, and three cats. I love spending time with my family, just about anything outdoors, and reading in my hammock. I only read non-fiction because the real stuff always seems as crazy as fiction but real!
I spent my summer living in DC working as a teacher fellow for C-SPAN. It was an amazing experience, and I got to meet some awe-inspiring people.
I also loved the view on my morning run.
The next thing on my radar for fun is Ragnar-Washington D.C. on Sept 21-22. Ragnar is a 200-mile overnight relay race. I am the senior citizen on the team.
I can’t wait to start the school year and get to know all of you!