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Christopher Thompson

Jan 08, 2018 12:57PM ● By Caley Breese

Photo by Tony Lewis, Jr.

Saints Peter and Paul School (High School), Easton


Years Teaching Overall: 6

Years Teaching at Saints Peter and Paul: 5

Currently teaching: 10th–12th grade, Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, Psychology, Economics

Proudest teaching moment: “Creating a “Mock Debate” to represent last year’s presidential election. I had students act as each of the candidates in front of the entire school. Other students created poster boards which provided information about political parties, ideologies, and the election process. The school community was able to see the posters before the scripted debate. It was a perfect representation that was student-led!”

Teaching Philosophy: “Three things: (1) It’s important for students to connect their learning to their own lives. (2) Each class should challenge them through new skills and content they can use in the future (I believe we need to improve on our ability to learn from reading and writing). (3) Finally, as an educator it is crucial to learn from more experienced teachers. I share a room with someone who can command the classroom regardless the size. I strive to be as successful as him one day.”  

Toughest challenge facing educators: “Our school has a limited number of faculty members, and we try to provide as many programs as the larger schools. Whether it is the preparation for an extracurricular activity, a sport, or administrative work (we can’t forget teacher planning!) the toughest challenge is TIME.”

"Chris is a valued member of our school community who lives the mission of our school in fostering the lives of young people to grow in mind, body, and spirit. As a member of our Social Studies Department, Chris teaches AP United States Government & Politics, Economics, Personal Finance, and Psychology. He is exceedingly well prepared, manages his instructional time most effectively, and creates diverse and engaging lessons. He is a bell-to-bell teacher who engages his students at all levels. Outside the classroom, you would be hard pressed to find a young teacher who carries himself with such professionalism and desire to be involved in the life of the school. Chris serves as the head coach for our baseball and cross country teams, coordinates our annual Veterans’ Prayer Service, advised the performing arts club, assists with retreats and student activities, and recently asked to head our Sabre Mentoring Program, which assists the transition of the newest students to our school community. Chris cares deeply about his teaching profession and impacting the lives of young people. He truly embraces his calling to educate, inspire, empower, and care for the young people of Saints Peter & Paul High School.” — James Nemeth, High School Principal