Michael Clay Thompson
The author of seventy books and more than 200 articles, Michael Thompson is a writer, consultant, and presenter at system, state, and national conferences for homeschool and for gifted education. He has served on the Board of Directors of NAGC (the National Association for Gifted Children), is past President of the Indiana Association for the Gifted, the editor of Our Gifted Children magazine (since 1994), the creator of the Classic Words vocabulary software, and the author of The Word Within the Word vocabulary series as well as The Magic Lens grammar texts. He served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal for Secondary Gifted Education. He also contributed three chapters to Allyn and Bacon’s Developing Verbal Talent, published by William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. With a B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University and a Masters degree in gifted education from Western Carolina University, Michael Thompson has served as consultant to the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, as a faculty member on the Wake Forest University Summer Institute for Gifted Education (University of North Carolina/Charlotte Summer Institute for Gifted Education), and as consultant and Lead Scholar for the National Javits Project for Language Arts Research in Saratoga, New York. Mr. Thompson has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented and on the regional Board of Advisors to the North Carolina/South Carolina Future Problem Solving program. He taught philosophy in North Carolina Governor’s School, and has been on the faculty of The Cullowhee Experience, one of the nation’s oldest residential programs for gifted students.
For ten years an instructor in Northwestern University’s LearningLinks program, offered by the Center for Talent Development, Michael Thompson has been a classroom teacher of English, Spanish, or history since 1969, except for a brief tenure as a stock broker for Merrill Lynch. He also served as Coordinator of Gifted Education for McDowell County, North Carolina, as Director of the Upper School and Dean of Academics for Coastal Academy in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as Assistant Headmaster for the University School of Jackson in Jackson, TN, where he also taught English, Spanish, and humanities, and as Head of Middle School at the Sycamore School for the Gifted in Indianapolis.