ANDERSON, Ind. — With 29 years of an education career under his belt, including roles as teacher, coach, principal and adjunct professor, new Anderson High School Principal Terry Thompson quickly began work on new initiatives with his team of administrators and faculty to provide “consistency” to the nearly 2,000 students of Anderson High.
Thompson, who has taught at Anderson University and also served as a Lafayette police officer, says he wants to get more parents involved in the education of their children.
And, he wants Anderson High’s educators to help students keep their options for the future open.
“I’m interested in making sure kids understand we have very high expectations,” Thompson says, “but that we’re not just going to throw them (the students) away.”
Thompson is married to Roberta Thompson, who was a teacher and then become a stay-at-home mom when they had children. There is son Jonathan, 32, who lives in Noblesville and works in business consulting and daughter Lee, 22, who lives in Bloomington and is a cosmetologist.
The Herald Bulletin asked him some questions recently
THB: You’ve had vast experiences in education, what have they taught you?
Thompson: That you have got to be flexible. Everything was black and white (when I started teaching). I guess that may have been a little bit from the law enforcement background. In every different setting, there are so many different needs that we really don’t know about until you get in them. If I had that original mindset of everything is black and white, I could not survive.
I want us to make sure that we create that environment for kids to learn in that’s safe. But I also want to make sure I share with the kids the importance of an education because, as you know, you either open or close that door on yourself depending on what you do in high school. I absolutely believe that.