Phone: 208-585-3251, ext. 4081
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, Drama and Music Appreciatiion teacher at MMS. My journey to becoming a music teacher began early in life. Growing up, I spent a large amount of time with 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 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. 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 school year. Since 2006, I've taught Choir exclusively. Several years ago I took over the middle school Drama position after becoming certified to teach Theatrical Arts and after the retirement of the long time Drama teacher. It's been a fantastic couple years and I'm looking forward to another great year of performing possibilities for 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. Recently, I've taken on the role of website 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, Sarah (former MMS 8th grade ELA teacher 1993 - 2017) who has become an Instructional Specialist for MSD. Both my son, Jerin, and my daughter, Raelynn, are full time students at College of Idaho. 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.