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Collin L. Thompson is Atmosphere's Social Studies Instructional Leader. Mr. Thompson was born and raised in East Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Mr. Thompson moved to Tanzania, East Africa, where he co-founded an empowerment project to support women living with HIV/AIDS in the greater-Arusha, Tanzania community. In 2016, Mr. Thompson returned to the United States and began his career in education at a public middle school in East San Jose, California. Later, Mr. Thompson joined the Founding Team of Emblaze Academy as the Founding History Department Chairman and Founding History Teacher. Eventually, Mr. Thompson established the role of Founding Dean of Community Engagement, Government Relations, and College Preparatory Instruction at Emblaze Academy, creating Emblaze Academy's first honors course while in that role. In addition to his work in the education and non-profit sectors, Mr. Thompson has also served as the Campaign Manager for multiple, successful state legislative races in his home state of Tennessee. Mr. Thompson earned a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Digital Learning and Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University. In his spare time, Mr. Thompson enjoys exploring the city with his Labrador, Springsteen, attending concerts and Yankee games, and international travel. Mr. Thompson is still heavily involved in the work he started in Tanzania and travels to East Africa as frequently as possible. Mr. Thompson hopes that his unique background in politics, nonprofits, and education will be an asset to Atmosphere Academy's amazing team.