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Desire to Serve Rural Communities Led Miller Thompson to Assistant Principal Position at A.L. Corbett Middle School

Like many education professionals, Miller Thompson knew he wanted to transition into administration after teaching in the classroom. However, he was also looking for the perfect place take that next step. With a passion for education in rural communities he was searching for an opportunity that reminded him much of his own educational experience.

Aiken County Board of Education members approved Thompson’s appointment as assistant principal at A.L. Corbett Middle School for the 2021-22 school year in April.

“I have a strong appreciation for the challenges facing our rural schools,” stated Thompson. “I believe these schools are uniquely positioned to develop leaders in our community and our society, and I want to be part of a program that is working to realize that potential.”

Thompson attended Edgefield County Public Schools before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Clemson University. Committed to life-long learning, he earned a Master of Education degree in Instructional Accommodation from Francis Marion University and a second Master of Education degree in Administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.   

He began his teaching career in rural Darlington County where he participated in Teach for America’s Rural School Leadership Academy, a year-long fellowship for educators aspiring to become school leaders. Thompson then moved to Aiken County where he has taught at LBC Middle School and North Augusta High School.

During the 2020-21 school year, Thompson was a member of the first cohort of Aiken Lead In, a program created by Aiken County Public School’s Administration team to help employees explore career opportunities within the district and design a desired career pathway.

When an assistant principal position opened at A.L. Corbett Middle School, Thompson knew it was the opportunity he had been waiting for.

“The area and the people of Wagener remind me of home,” commented Thompson. 

Building relationships with students and staff is key for Thompson.

“I’ve learned that students work best for adults they respect,” stated Thompson. “From day one I have been working diligently to get to know students and build relationships with them.”

Early in his tenure at A.L. Corbett Middle, Thompson says his goals are to learn his new role well and to affect student outcomes. 

“My experiences in two school districts have given me valuable perspective on various leadership styles and their implications for students and staff,” commented Thompson. “Through relationships and mentoring, I hope students leave this school year well-prepared, not just for the next grade-level, but also confident in their value as people and their potential to do incredible things.”


ACPSD Communications Department