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M.S.Ed. Psychological Services,
University of Pennsylvania


Administrative Certification,
Eastern University


B.A. Biological Basis of Behavior: Neural Systems,
University of Pennsylvania

Susan Thompson

Principal, George Washington High School
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow

“I chose to become a Neubauer Fellow because as a school leader, I must model the desire to continually learn and improve for my teachers and students to see because they will shape the future of this city.”

Sue has served as the principal of George Washington High School since 2016. Under her leadership, George Washington High School achieved a 6.8% increase in Algebra I Keystone scores, a 6.2% increase in Biology Keystone scores, and a significant increase in students who report that they felt safe. George Washington High School is steadily increasing enrollment of students from its catchment. For school year 2019-20, 79% of 9th grade students were on track to graduate and moved to 10th grade and 74% of 10th grade students were on track to graduate and moved to 11th grade. This represents a 14% increase from the previous year.


Sue has been an educator since 1995. In 2012, Sue served as a founding principal of Freire Charter Middle School. Prior to becoming a principal, Sue served as 7th and 8th grade science teacher, biology and psychology high school teacher, executive director at Breakthrough Los Angeles, guidance counselor and dean of students. In 2018 Sue was honored by State Representative Martine White as the Pennsylvania Woman of the Year. Sue was also the 2011 winner of a silver EPIC award for notable academic gains for students. Sue grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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