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Mr. Aaron Thompson

August 2021

Dear Students and Families,

Hello and welcome to fifth grade and Rm. 29! My name is Aaron Thompson and I am thrilled to be your teacher this year. This is my fifteenth year in teaching, my fourteenth teaching fifth grade. I look forward to all the exciting experiences we will share over the next school year. I promise you this will always be a time you remember. My favorite time in school was in Mr. Roberson’s fifth-grade class, 41 years ago, and I will do my best to make this a great year for you to look back on fondly when you are my age. 

Let me share with you a bit about my background, family, and interests. I grew up in beautiful Monterey, California where I heard the barking of sea lions every morning on my walk down the hill to Bay View Elementary School. I spent my youth romping around John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and playing in tidepools. I attended San Jose State University where I earned a BA in Social Science with Multiple Subject Teaching Preparation. I have had many interesting (and some not so interesting) jobs in my life but the two I am proudest of are being a soldier in the Army many, many years ago and a teacher here at Collins.  I have lived in Los Gatos for the last eleven years and only lived outside the local area for three years. I am married and have four children and a granddaughter. My oldest son spent four years in the Army and is now living nearby with his daughter. My twin daughters just graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June. One of them just started her teacher training and the other one is volunteering on an organic farm before starting law school.  My youngest son just graduated from high school and is taking a gap year before college. My wife works at Google and now works from home. When I am not at work I love to read, play video games, watch cartoons, go to movies, draw, go fishing, and travel.

I think my summer was probably a lot like yours, boring. I sat around watching too much TV and playing video games. We continued to foster kittens this summer and currently have too many kittens to count waiting to be adopted. We take care of them until they can find forever homes. We also have our own three lazy cats and one goofy dog. Well, my summer wasn’t too terrible, we did go to Maui and that’s always fun.


I look forward to getting to know all of you this year, especially since it will be in person rather than via a computer screen!


Mr. Thompson