Name of staff member: Aaron Tompkins
Position in USD #435: AHS Director of Bands
Years in this position: 11
Previous teaching experience: three years as a middle school band director
What inspired you to go into education? My middle school band director was amazing and made the whole experience fun and deep. I had a similar experience in high school, and then a lousy experience, and figured I would try to give the best possible experience to the kiddos I could.
A memorable teaching moment: Marching with the AHS Band on national television in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, I was terrifically proud of our Abilene students. I love it when all the work students have put in comes to fruition and they can feel they gave it their all, and it was worth it and amazing.
I love the enthusiasm students put into bringing a piece of music to life.