Michelle Thompson

Title: Fine Arts Educator
Company: Jefferson R-7 School
Location: Festus, Missouri, United States

Michelle Thompson, Fine Arts Educator at Jefferson R-VII School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art instruction and production.

After obtaining an Associate of Science in child development in 2006 from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Ms. Thompson followed with a Bachelor of Arts in in fine arts with a major in sculpture and a minor in art history in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis. She continued her education with a Master of Arts in secondary education with emphasis in art in 2015 from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

Since 2009, Ms. Thompson has provided superior education as a fine arts teacher with Jefferson R-VII School District, where she helps build the curriculum at two different schools and composes the curricula, aligning them with Missouri standard as well as the national standard. As a visual artist since 1994, her works include “Intervention,” for Washington University Magazine; “The Spirit of Jefferson County,” the Arnold dedication ceremony and photography with Jefferson College; “Ideal Beauty,” for Washington University Magazine; and the Shining Star Learning Center logo.

For her artwork proficiency, Ms. Thompson has captured many honors that include Eliot Scholar Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar Deans List from Washington University in St. Louis and the Golden Key International Honor Society Gateway Scholar Deans List from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Her professional memberships include the Ste. Genevieve Artist Guild, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Art Education Association, Missouri Art Education Association, Archaeological Institute of America, National Dean’s List and the Gallery Association of Ste. Genevieve.

Ms. Thompson attributes her success to setting high goals, passionately committing to staying on the path towards her goals, and lastly her drive and determination to work hard towards reaching her goals. Her most notable achievement in art education has been witnessing the artistic growth among her students and her daughters. Ms. Thompson’s goal for the coming years is to begin a new series based on the formal attributes found in artifacts that can be found between the classical elements of earth, water, air and fire. In addition to her series, Ms. Thompson is excited to continue her studies in the field of education in the development of artistic identities with her students.

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