Steve Morrill, Principal

It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as Thompson Middle School's principal. This is an especially exciting year as our school community moves into our recently renovated middle school. I have been a part of the St. Charles school community since 2000 and am proud to say that I am beginning my 30th year as an educator and my eleventh as a principal in D303. During my time in St. Charles, I have served as the principal of both Thompson Middle School and at Wredling Middle School. My classroom teaching experience spans 16 years, working in three different school districts, including St. Charles.

As your principal, I will work to create the best possible learning environment at Thompson. At the center of this environment are the kids. I will always have the best interest of all students in mind as decisions are made. A goal of mine is to consistently make progress and show improvement. I will be working to instill this goal in both students and staff. 

I am excited about the future of TMS. We have a dedicated, professional staff working hard to challenge students and help them find success. At Thompson, we will make the collective effort to create an environment most conducive for students to reach their greatest learning potential.

Our programs focus on active learning and providing middle school-appropriate opportunities for our students. With that in mind, the staff is also committed to our District 303 Vision Statement:

  • Attain Excellence
  • Learn with Passion
  • Live with Integrity

I am looking forward to working with the Thompson community to help support the best possible experience for our Thunder students! 

If I can be of assistance, please contact me.

Contact Principal Morrill

Sarah Cann, Assistant Principal

My name is Sarah Cann and I am a new Assistant Principal at Thompson! I am very much looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year, as I transition from teacher in the classroom to an administrator. I have been a middle school Language Arts teacher for 10 years (most recently in Geneva).

I graduated with my Bachelors in Education degree from Northern Illinois University in 2007. Next, I finished my Master of Educational Technology degree (Technology Specialist endorsement) from Aurora University in 2014. Most recently, was my Master of Leadership degree (Principal Endorsement) in 2017. As you can see, I love to learn and I hope to pass on that passion to students and staff.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I am an avid reader and runner! I try to sign up for as many races as I can throughout the year.

Challenging myself to push my speed and endurance is exciting to me! The farthest race(s) I ran has been 13.1 miles (half marathon). Anyone want to run a full marathon?? :)

My family consists of my husband, Brooks (high school sweetheart...awwww), my 8 year old daughter Cambria (Cami), and my 3 year old son/wild-child, Gunnar. They keep me on my toes (husband included) with school, sports, activities, clubs, etc.

If there is any way I can assist you, feel free to contact me.

Contact Assistant Principal Cann

Shane Darnell, Assistant Principal

My name is Mr. Shane Darnell and I am very excited to be an Assistant Principal at Thompson Middle School. I look forward to working with the staff, students, and parents of the Thompson community this year.

I am a graduate of Old Dominion University, where I majored in Health and Physical Education. In 2009, I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Aurora University.

In 2002 I began my teaching experience in Chesapeake, Virginia at Great Bridge Middle School. In 2005 my wife and I moved from Virginia to Yorkville, Illinois. 

I worked at Yorkville High School, teaching Driver Education, Physical Education, and I was the Head Wrestling Coach. In 2011 I became the Dean of Students at Yorkville Middle School.

My wife, Tracy, and I have two boys. Kenton is our oldest son and Blake is our youngest son.

If you have questions or comments feel free to contact me.

Contact Assistant Principal Darnell

Dr. Alicia Honnert, Assistant Principal

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I am excited to begin my ninth year at Thompson Middle School as an Assistant Principal. I joined the St. Charles District 303 learning community in 2001, this school year is my 22nd year as an educator. I have had the privilege of working in special education, general education, gifted programming, curriculum development and administration. My teaching experiences have been focused at the middle school level and my graduate level educational experiences have been focused on curriculum and instruction.

I believe that all members of Thompson need to feel that they are connected, contributing, and capable participants of our learning community. Middle school is an exciting time for students with many opportunities to explore new interests, make new friends, and grow as learners. Building positive, respectful relationships and making good decisions is an important part of learning for young adolescents.

Working collaboratively with students, parents, the community, and staff we can ensure that each student is able to grow academically and socially in a supportive learning environment.

Encouraging students to attain excellence, learn with passion, and live with integrity is the District mission, but also a daily focus of my work with students and staff. Keeping in mind what is best for students is at the heart of the work we do at Thompson. I look forward to a terrific year and the opportunity to get to know you and your student as together we strive to fulfill this mission every day.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me. 

Contact Dr. Alicia Honnert

Grant Montgomery, Assistant Principal

My name is Grant Montgomery and I am an Assistant Principal at Thompson Middle School! Prior to my role as an Assistant Principal, I taught 8th grade social studies for 12 years. In addition to being a classroom teacher, I served as a team leader, student council advisor, Washington DC Trip Advisor, and cross country coach. 

I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a minor in reading and endorsement in social studies, from North Central College. I have a master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University- River Forest. 

My family includes my wife Samantha and our one year old son, Owen. We also have a very spoiled Shih Tzu/poodle mix named Bentley. My wife is an oncology nurse at the Delnor Cancer Center in Geneva. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to play golf and travel, when time permits. Some of my favorite destinations include: Shanghai, Prague, Sedona, Cape Cod, and Cabo San Lucas.

My goal is to ensure that our students are receiving the very best educational experiences.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Contact Assistant Principal Montgomery 

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303