Six Questions with Mr. Thompson

Our Six Questions Series returns this week and features the newest addition to our faculty, Upper School teacher, Mr. Will Thompson. Mr. Thompson joined the ILS teaching staff in January, serving as our Upper School Latin and History teacher. .

Our Six Questions Series features the outstanding teachers, faculty, and board members who serve our students, families and community. We hope you enjoy this chance to get to better know these wonderful individuals who so faithfully serve our school and our community!

1. What do you teach at ILS/what is your role at ILS?
I teach History and Latin for the upper school.

2. What attracted you to classical, Christian education?
I grew up through Lutheran schools until high school. Having an atmosphere where faith was nurtured and openly discussed provided a great foundation. I became a liberal arts enthusiast in college, which draws me to the classical pedagogy. I'm quite jealous of the students; I wish I had been exposed to Latin and Logic classes at an earlier age.

3. What do you enjoy most about our ILS community?
I really enjoy the independence given to the students and how responsibly the students manage it.

4. What was your favorite class (or subject) in school?
My favorite class in school was actually math. I really loved geometry and algebra.

5. What book(s) are you currently reading? (What books are on your nightstand?)
I'm excited to commit to a book now that I've finished law school applications. I've been slowly working through the theological book Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright as well as a book about writing called Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

6. Please share one thing families wouldn't already know about you.
Let's see, that interview by the journalism club covered a lot of ground. I was very involved in The Boy Scouts as a kid. I later worked at a few summer camps. One of my summers was spent at Philmont, a backpacking camp in northern New Mexico. I spent the summer living in a cabin in the mountains where I pretended it was 1914 and that I was a logger. We climbed trees with spikes on our feet and performed evening campfire shows.