BY MICHAEL MISHLER
Elise Thompson, 26, is a science instructor and BASE adviser at Washtenaw Technical Middle
Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: Any heist movie. It’s interesting to see how they think. It’s so intriguing, Like “Ocean’s 11, 12
Q: What famous figure, living or dead, would you want to meet?
A: Heath Ledger. He’s such an iconic figure, you know?
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A: New Zealand. I’ve heard the scenery is gorgeous and they’ve got good hiking and trekking. I’m outdoorsy so I like hiking. Also, they filmed “Lord of the Rings” there.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
A: Don’t stress over school and grades so much. Just make sure you focus on understanding the material and getting help early. Also, don’t forget to take a break from school and have fun sometimes.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant and why?
A: Tomukun in Ann Arbor. I’m a vegetarian, so I like their noodle soups. Plus, their service is really good.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience of your life so far?
A: I was captain of my college volleyball team. We went to Nationals two years in a row and won the Regional Championships in 2007. I think being champion of anything is rewarding.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: Interacting with my students, outside of class, actually. I enjoy getting to know the people that have the motivation and dedication to come to a school such as WTMC.
Q: Where is your favorite place to travel to?
A: The mountains out west, since I like to hike and camp. I really like Wind River Range in Wyoming. I actually did an 80-day backpack trip there and I can’t wait to go back.
Q: What do you do when you’re not teaching over the summer?
A: I travel out west. This summer I’m trying to get to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.
Q: What’s the scariest thing you’ve seen on the news recently?
A: The misconceptions around gun control. There’s not a lot of data on how people actually feel about it, just a lot of politics. It’s both interesting and scary to me that safety is still controversial.