After 24 years of educational experience, Monica Thompson is ready to call Clinton High School home as the new assistant principal.
“It’s a great place to be,” Thompson said inside her office. “Everybody has been very welcoming and friendly and I was greeted with smiling faces. It makes you want to be a part of the family.”
Now in her second week of a new school year, her duties include bus management, discipline matters and assisting teachers in several areas such as language arts, social studies and career and technical education. Along with providing needs for educators, inside and outside of the classroom, Thompson also noted game duty responsibilities that include monitoring students and helping coaches.
“It’s taking a little bit of getting used to,” Thompson said about her new role. “I’m still in the teacher mode at the time.”
Prior to Clinton High School, Thompson was an eighth grade social studies teacher at Daniels Middle School in Wake County. Before teaching North Carolina history at the school in Raleigh, Thompson educated many students in different schools. Her first teaching job was at Shaw Middle School in Scotland County. Thompson said it had similarities to Sampson County.
“It was surrounded by a cow pasture, so it was a very rural area,” Thompson said. “The reception that I received at Clinton High School is very similar to the reception that I received at the very first school that I worked at.”
Thompson enjoys working in the education field, which is constantly changing because of technology and politics. Like many educators, Thompson indicated that teachers are preparing students for a world beyond the classroom.
“Educators have stepped up to the plate and we’re doing things globally in education,” she said. “We’re exposing kids to opportunities and allowing them to express their thoughts on these things.”
Thompson grew up in Columbus County and lived in the small town of Bolton.
“I needed a place that was right for me,” Thompson said about moving to the area. “I grew up in an area very similar to Clinton. It’s somewhere I can prosper and grow as an educator.”
After graduation from high school, Thompson attended North Carolina A&T State University and earned a bachelor’s in social science education. Next, she earned her master’s in education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and completed a licensure program at Gardner-Webb University.
She’s married to Alvin Thompson Sr. and together they have two children, Alvin Thompson Jr. and Walter Thompson.
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