Beginning her educational journey at Carter Elementary School, Dr. Thompson went on to attend Chisholm Trail Elementary, Brooks Middle School, and graduated from Heights High School as a proud Falcon. She obtained her post-secondary education from Langston University, Newman University, and ultimately received her doctorate of educational leadership from Wichita State University.
Her 25-year career in Kansas’ largest school district began as a teacher at Ingalls Elementary, now Spaght Magnet Elementary. She transitioned into a building leader and then a district-level administrator prior to her appointment as Wichita’s superintendent in spring 2017.
Dr. Thompson believes in investing her own time in the community that has supported her. Community activities have included service on boards of directors for Goodwill Industries, American Red Cross, Real Men Real Heroes, Leadership Wichita and Exploration Place.
In her role as superintendent, she serves the Wichita Chamber Board of Directors, United Way of the Plains Board of Directors, The Greater Wichita Partnership and Business Education Alliance. She also serves on the WSU School of Education Leadership Advisory Board, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc.
Dr. Thompson has been honored with the Wichita Business Journal’s Leadership in Diversity Award, the Martin Luther King Education Award from the Urban League of Kansas, and the NAACP Education Award, to name a few.
Dr. Thompson and her husband Reggie, a West High Pioneer, have two children – a daughter who graduated from Northeast Magnet, and a daughter who is a student in the Wichita Public Schools.