About Mr. Oakes: Greetings all! This will be my second year at Thompson Middle School and I am thrilled the new year. Prior to coming to Thompson, I taught grades 6, 7, and 8 in the north end of Hartford, CT for 3 years. I grew up outside of Hartford and have lived in the Bronx, Boston, Spain, and New Haven.
In my spare time, I voraciously read history, 19th/20th century literature, science fiction, and political philosophy. I play in music groups and enjoy travel on my 1980's motorcycle. I most enjoy teaching English Language Arts because it requires students to become independent thinkers who seek certainty through their own examination of text. I look forward to meeting all of you and I foresee a wonderful scholastic year.
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