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During a period of thirty years, Michael Clay Thompson was a classroom teacher, middle school head, and academic. He is now a full-time author, presenter, and instructor in the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. Through his teaching, books, and presentations, he has inspired thousands of students and educators with a new love of language and literature.

Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, studied for gifted education accreditation at Mars Hill College, and obtained his M.A. from Western Carolina University. During his teaching career he taught in schools in Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and as an online instructor in language arts for the Northwestern University Gifted Learning Links program. He has been a faculty member of the Wake Forest University Summer Institute for Gifted Education, the University of North Carolina/Charlotte Summer institute for Gifted Education, and The Cullowhee Experience. He has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented and on the regional Board of Advisors to the North Carolina/South Carolina Future Problem Solving Program. He was formerly a consultant to the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, consultant and Lead Scholar for the National Javits Project for Language Arts, and President of the Indiana Gifted Association.

Throughout his career, Michael has enabled millions of students to achieve extraordinary success on tests while kindling within them with an enduring love of language and literature. He is the author of more than 120 books and more than 200 articles about language arts, including his award-winning MCT language arts curriculum, which has been adopted by school districts throughout the country. His awards and recognitions of excellence for his curriculum are too numerous to list; among them, his curriculum is repeatedly voted the best overall language arts curriculum by the readers of Practical Homeschooling.

Michael’s wife is Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson, a Spanish scholar who has co-authored some of his books.

He has an Author page on Facebook.

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