Maddie Thompson is a Good Shepherd Volunteer serving at Collier High School in New Jersey. After growing up in St. Louis, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in theology and peace studies and a minor in Catholic social tradition. Maddie has a passion for community, a love for pottery, and a never-ending desire to explore.

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'Get out from your head and get growing, dear child'

Notes from the Field - A quote from Dallas Clayton reminds me to get out of my head and step into the real world — to get growing right where my two feet find themselves planted. This is much easier said than done.

With Collier Chats, I see our school through others' eyes

Notes from the Field - A tradition for Good Shepherd Volunteers is Collier Chats, lighthearted conversations with co-workers that allow me to get to know the people who make Collier High School what it is.

Amid melting snow and warmer days, hope for a future harvest

Notes from the Field - I have found that trying to remain present has provided me with the opportunity to be surprised — by students, classes, staff, or even the weather.

The four tenets of Good Shepherd Volunteers keep me rooted

Notes from the Field - Though the pandemic has turned the world upside-down, the tenets of social justice, simplicity, spirituality and community provide solid ground for my Good Shepherd Volunteer year.