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Mercedes Arissó Thompson, Cuban, American educator. Recipient Hayward/Excellence in Teaching award California Community College Board Directors, 1991.


Thompson, Mercedes Arissó was born on September 6, 1938 in Havana, Cuba. Came to the United States, 1957. Daughter of Luis Eloy and Mercedes (Garcia) A.


Bachelor in English, Rutgers University, 1960. Master of Arts in Spanish/Latin American Studies, University Colorado, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish-American Literature, University Colorado, 1977.

Master of Science in School Management/Administration, Pepperdine University, 1980.


Teacher, Institute of Integral Education, Havana, 1957;teacher, Moultrie (Georgia) Junior/Senior High School, 1960;teacher, Hanahan (South Carolina.) High School, 1961-1965;teacher, Goose Creek (South Carolina.) Elementary School, 1966;professor, Florida State University Extension, Charleston, 1964-1966;professor, U. Dayton, Ohio., 1968-1972;teacher, South Bay Union High School District, Redondo Beach, California, 1974-1983;professor, El Camino College, Torrance, California, since 1983. Director University of California at Los Angeles foreign language alliance, since 1990. Director honors/transfers El CaminoColl., 1987-1989, program developer computer assisted instruction, 1984-1987.

Department chair/advisor Hanahan, South Bay Union, U. Dayton, 1961-1983. Presenter in field.


Director Sister City Committee, Manhattan Beach, California, since 1978. Coordinator United States-Mexico Student Exchange Program, Manhattan Beach, 1978-1981. Member American Association of University Women, Modern/Classical Language Association of Southern California, California Foreign Language Teachers Association (Outstanding Teacher 1990), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages, Sigma Delta Pi.


Married Charles H. Thompson Junior, June 8, 1960. Children: Lynmarie Kim Thompson, Mark Randall Thompson.

Luis Eloy A.

Mercedes (Garcia) A.

Charles H. Thompson Junior

Lynmarie Kim Thompson

Mark Randall Thompson