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Meet Principal Thompson

Principal Thompson

Samantha Thompson is the principal at our SCHS Surprise location and has been in education for almost 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in elementary education and her master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. Samantha has experience teaching multiple grade levels, as an ELL coordinator, an instructional coach, an AdvancED evaluator, and as an administrator. She has contributed her talents towards developing and leading professional development to district leaders, parents, community, and staff. She has been involved in a variety of committees working with curriculum, state standards, data, extra-curricular clubs, and college and career readiness programs. She has completed various trainings for Kagan Engagement Structures, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Gifted and Talented, Conscious Discipline, and AdvancED. She has attended conferences such as the Arizona School Administrators Summer Session and the PLC Summit Conference both focused on collaboration within a Professional Learning Community utilizing the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Among her greatest achievements are contributions to an A+ awarded school and receiving the Westside Impact Teacher of the Year in 2012. 

Principal Thompson’s most admired quote is by Maya Angelo, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

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