Phone: 208-585-3251, ext. 350
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts - Music K-12 Certificate in Theatrical Arts
Mr. Todd Thompson
"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well."
- Rene Descartes
Welcome to my webpage. I'm the Choir and Drama teacher at MMS. My journey to becoming a music teacher began early in life. As early as age 5, I remember following my father who was a Band teacher around the school, football field, and Band room asking to help and to play the instruments. Over the years, I learned many lessons from my dad about teaching, performing and collaborating with others.
I was raised in Oregon and spent time in John Day, Portland and Eugene. In 1991, I began my education at Northwest Nazarene University. I graduated from NNU in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education for K-12. My career took a detour into the building industry for several years before I got back on track substituting at Middleton Middle School in 2002. My first full-time teaching job was in Homedale where I was the Band and Choir director for 6th -12th grade. I began teaching Choir and General Music at MMS at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year. Since 2006, I've taught Choir exclusively. Two years ago I became certified to teach Theatrical Arts and took on the role of MMS Drama teacher. It's been a fantastic couple yeasr and I'm looking forward to another great year of performing possibilities for my students.
My goal is to demonstrate the love and enjoyment of music and drama. Music and emotions are a part of who we are whether we choose to pursue them as a career or enjoy our talents as a hobby or pastime. Teaching has pushed me to be involved in a deeper way in the music field. The last five years, I've served as a Choir Festival Manager for District III Music Educators. Additionally, I've taken on the role of secretary and web administrator for District III Music Educators.
When I'm not at school I enjoy reading, woodworking, camping, fishing, and hiking. My favorite pastime is spending time with family. I'm the luckiest man alive because my commute from Nampa every morning begins with my wife of 25 years, Sarah (former MMS 8th grade ELA teacher 1993 - 2017) who has become an Instructional Specialist for MSD and my son (a senior at MHS). My daughter, Raelynn, is a full - time student at College of Idaho in addition to working part time as a substitute day care provider and MHS Blue Legacy dance coach. Of all the places that I've lived, Idaho is my home. It is truly a privilege to teach in Middleton!!
I believe that participation in performing arts teaches students collaboration, discipline, and commitment. These principles help shape them into well rounded and productive members of the community.