The identification of a final candidate represents a near-final step in the search process that began several months ago. Throughout the process, the board worked closely with search consultant Allen D. Buyck, district superintendent of Broome – Tioga BOCES, and representatives of several stakeholder groups.
The board wishes to express its appreciation for the time, energy, earnest concern and wisdom these partners provided to the review and selection process. A broad range of input regarding the ideal candidate’s attributes, skills and knowledge was obtained through ongoing conversations with leaders, six stakeholder focus groups, and three rounds of interviews, as a pool of 15 applicants was narrowed to a final candidate.
“We were fortunate to have Dr. Thompson step in as interim superintendent last summer and we believe that the district has made excellent progress with academic achievement and school climate during that time,” said Board of Education President David V. Hawley. “Throughout the highly competitive search process and transition period, Dr. Thompson demonstrated that she has the skills and ability to move the district forward.”
Thompson has been serving as the interim superintendent for the district since July 2016. The board will now invite Dr. Thompson to engage in a contract negotiation process.
In her 30 years in education, Thompson has held many roles, including:
- Assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and accountability
- Director of planning and evaluation
- Director of special programs for achievement and accountability
- Director of early childhood and elementary education
- Director of primary education, grades pre-K through second
- Physical science teacher
Dr. Thompson has a BA in biology with a minor in chemistry and concentration in human services and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Science from Binghamton University. She continued her education at Syracuse University and received a Certificate in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.
Over the years, Dr. Thompson has received numerous acknowledgements for her contribution to education during her 30-year career, including:
A formal start date will be established via the contract negotiation process.
- NYS Teacher of the Year by the Association for Gifted and Talented
- National Presidential Award in Elementary Science
- Math, and Science and Technology Teacher of the Year - Roberson Museum
- National Albert Einstein Distinguished Teaching Fellowship Award
- Lansing G. Baker Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership Intern