Dr. Matt Clark, Principal

Hello, my name is Matt Clark and I am excited and honored to serve as the principal of Thompson Middle School. I have been an educator in Illinois for over twenty years and have worked in a variety of different capacities including: teacher, coach, dean, coordinator, adjunct professor, assistant principal and now as a principal (details below).

My family is what is most important to me. My wife Kristin and I have two daughters, Juliet (13) and Beatrice (10). My wife teaches 2nd grade in Oswego, which is where we live and where our kids go to school. I currently have the distinct pleasure of being with middle schoolers all day at work and then when I get home. You would think as someone who spends their day with middle schoolers that I would be an amazing parent to my own middle schooler. Unfortunately, I’m trying to figure it out just like everyone else, and welcome any helpful advice. Outside of spending time with my family, in my free time I also enjoy running, listening to music, swimming, disc golfing, hanging out with friends and watching sports of all types.

I thoroughly enjoy working with middle school students and believe that middle school is a time when students figure out who they are and what they want to become. I look forward to working with the Thompson community as we embark on this middle school journey together. Please reach out to me if there is anything I can assist you with.

Education: Illinois State University (BS in ED), Governors State University (MA in Educational Administration, Northern Illinois University (Ed.S. & Ed.D.)

Educational Experience: Plainfield South High School (teacher and coach), West Aurora School District #129 (teacher, coach, dean, coordinator, assistant principal, Minooka Community High School (assistant principal), Gregory Middle School (assistant principal), Aurora University (adjunct professor), and Thompson Middle School (principal).

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Michelle Dague, Assistant Principal

My name is Michelle Dague and I am one of the Assistant Principals at Thompson Middle School. I began my teaching career in 2001 after completing my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Additionally, I earned my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University in 2006 and my National Boards accreditation in English Language Arts/Early Adolescence in 2009.

At the onset of my career, I had the opportunity to teach 9th, 11th, and 12th grade English in the Coatesville Area School District in Coatesville, Pennsylvania during the 2001-2002 school year. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in Community Unit School District #303 for the past 20 years. During my tenure in D303, I had the privilege of teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Language Arts, 8th grade Drama, and 6th grade Social Studies at Thompson Middle School from 2003-2013. For the past 10 years, I have been an Assistant Principal at both Wredling Middle School and Thompson Middle School. It is my love of working with students, staff and parents/guardians that provides me great joy, as I am committed to our student’s safety, well-being, and academic progress. While I have a passion for learning, it is my desire to connect and help students reach their full potential that drives me each day to do what I do as an administrator.

When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family and friends. It is not unusual to catch me with a book in my hand as a great love of mine is reading!! I also love to cook, play golf, and travel, but most importantly, I love spending time with my family. My husband, Mark, and I have two children, Heather (37) and Mark (35), both graduates of St. Charles North High School.

As a parent, teacher, and administrator, I look forward to partnering with you as your child continues their academic journey. Please don't ever hesitate to contact me with your celebrations, concerns, and/or questions. 

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Sarah Frankiewicz, Assistant Principal

Hello, my name is Sarah Frankiewicz and I am so excited to join the Thompson Middle School staff as an assistant principal. I have spent my entire career working with middle school learners and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My fundamental belief is that every student holds the potential for remarkable achievement and success. By fostering positive relationships, forging strong connections, and promoting collaborative efforts, middle school learners are destined to thrive and flourish!

My professional journey began at Sycamore Middle School, where I taught social studies and language arts. Throughout the years I was fortunate to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. While each grade level presented its own distinct characteristics, I found that supporting learners and making connections were key to driving student success. In 2019 I transitioned into the role of assistant principal, where I had the privilege of working with the full Sycamore Middle School community and its stakeholders.

Outside of the school day, I find joy in traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Traveling alongside my mom has become a cherished tradition, taking us to numerous destinations across the United States and beyond. Additionally, I participate in team trivia with fellow educators during the summer months – a tradition we've upheld for nearly a decade!

I am so grateful to be a part of the Thompson family. I am looking forward to building relationships with students, staff, and families as we navigate the middle school years together. Please reach out to me for any assistance you or your student may need.

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Danielle Moeller, Student Support Coordinator

My name is Danielle Moeller and I am one of the two Student Support Coordinators at Thompson Middle School. Prior to taking this position, I taught 7th/8th grade math for 10 years at Carpentersville Middle School in CUSD 300. Additionally, I acted as an Assistant Principal at Parkview Elementary for two years and returned to Carpentersville Middle School as an Assistant Principal for the last three years in CUSD 300. The 2023-2024 school year will be my fourth as a Student Support Coordinator at TMS.

I am a graduate of Illinois State University, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math and Language Arts. In 2014, I attained my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My family consists of my husband, Mark, my 16-year-old daughter, Katie, and my 12-year-old daughter, Addison. We also have four fur babies that are our cats named Major, Lightning, Moo Moo, and Molly.  In addition, we spend a lot of our time at cheer competitions as my oldest is an all-star cheerleader. She has been cheering since she was five years old so the gym family is an extended part of our family. We currently reside in Yorkville, IL.

My goal in this position is to ensure we are doing what is best for all students socially, emotionally, and academically. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance to you.

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Sam Pasholk, Student Support Coordinator

Hello! I am Sam Pasholk and I am very excited to serve the students, staff, and the Thompson community as one of the Student Support Coordinators, here at Thompson Middle School.

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in 2012, where I majored in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education. Go Huskies! In 2018, I received my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

Prior to joining the team at Thompson, I taught physical education and health at both the middle school and high school levels. In addition to teaching, I served as a Team Leader and Department Head of the Wellness team at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake. I also have coached both boys basketball and soccer at Magee and South Elgin High School.

When I’m not working, I am usually spending time with family and friends. I’m an avid sports fan so I am usually staying up to date on most of the Chicago teams. I also enjoy exercising and try to stay active as much as possible.

I look forward to working together this school year to ensure our students are getting the best educational experience possible. Please reach out to me at any time if you have any questions or concerns. ROLL THUNDER!

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