To the editor:
The Assistant Principal of Watertown High School, Mr. Terry Thomas Thompson, is retiring after 40 years as an employee of the Wilson County School System. It is unusual today for anyone to keep the same job at the same location for that many years. Mr. Thompson has been so dedicated to the education of young people in Watertown that he has stayed right here for the last 40 years.
From 1976-1994, he served as the agriculture teacher at WHS. He has much experience in this area, not only in his education, but his home life. He has lived with a farming family his entire life. He has done everything from working the family dairy farm, to killing hogs, making sausage and gardening with the best of them.
You can tell that Terry enjoys his farming by all the stories he loves to tell about raising and preparing food. His relishes and pickles have become pretty famous around here, as has his homemade sausage.
In the fall of 1994, Mr. Thompson became assistant principal at Watertown High School. He has done an excellent job with his many duties. This is best summed up by our Principal Jeff Luttrell, "Mr. Thompson will be missed by the entire Watertown High School Family. He is a skilled administrator that has served this school and community well. I have truly enjoyed working with Mr. Thompson and he has been a valuable friend and colleague. His greatest attribute is that he truly cares about students."
The students generally show great respect for Mr. Thompson, because they know that he genuinely cares about their education and welfare. He can be tough, but he can also be very understanding of kids and what they have to deal with these days.
The students have been entertained by many of Mr. Thompson's "back in the day" stories. It is not unusual for him to come in to the classroom and start talking about the past and what he has done. The students have learned that all you have to do is get him started talking about something, and he will take up lots of class time! This was much more common in the past when there were fewer restrictions and standards to cover than there are with today's rigid curriculum, but he still manages to sneak in a story or two.
Mr. Thompson and his wife Nell have three grown children, Andrew, Jonathan and Mollie. They also now have two young grandchildren who have, most likely, helped to influence him to retire.
Terry Thompson will not be idle in his retirement. He will enjoy some down time, for sure, but he will keep very busy with home and family.
After working with him for the past 28 years, that is one thing I have learned. Terry Thompson enjoys staying busy and will continue to do so for many years to come. I'm sure he still has very many stories to tell, and we at WHS will certainly miss listening to them.
We will miss you, Mr. Thompson! Enjoy your time with him, Nell and family! Happy retirement!
Library Media Specialist
Watertown High School