- Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction, Neuroscience and Learning), University of Denver, Denver, CO
- M.Ed. (Educational Leadership, Advanced Study) Wright State University, Dayton, OH
- B.S. (Elementary Education K-3, Concentration: Fine Arts) University of Southern Maine, Portland-Gorham, ME
Dr. Thompson has enjoyed a professional career as an educator and academic leader for over 30 years. She has lived and worked in several states, including South Dakota, Wyoming, Ohio, Colorado, Hawai’i, and New York.
She has held positions that span PK-16 levels from a Montessori preschool, elementary classroom teacher, middle school art teacher to university/college professor and administrator. A proud “boomerang Mainer” in 2009, Dr. Thompson made the intentional decision to return home to Maine and currently serves as Chair of the Peter & Paula Lunder School of Education. She teaches courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Promoting a servant leadership style, she strives to empower her colleagues and students by cultivating a spirit of curiosity and an ethos of innovation. She serves on the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program Board of Directors and has recently served on the Maine Association for the Education of the Young Child; she continues to serve on various college and state committees.
Dr. Thompson’s current research interests include virtual, augmented, and extended realities and their instructional and curricular applications; creativity; and early childhood science and numeracy. She has numerous conference papers and published articles on the topics of global creativity, Montessori creativity, human rights education, geo-ethnography, performance ethnography, innovation in teacher education, and self-efficacy in elementary mathematics teacher candidates.
Growing up on a family farm in Wells, Maine, Dr. Thompson developed an early connection to the natural beauty of Maine. In her free time, you may find her walking/hiking woodland trails, painting in oils, writing, reading a good mystery novel, or just taking a walk along our amazing state’s coastline and beaches!