Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Susan Thompson
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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.”

Susan 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. Additionally, George Washington High School steadily increased enrollment of students from its catchment.


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

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