Thompson, 36, had been the head counselor at Kimball High since the school opened in 2009.
An educator for 15 years, Thompson previously worked as a guidance counselor for the Academy of Business and Law at West High School, as a program specialist for Merced County California Student Opportunity and Access Program at Merced College, as a FamiliesFirst counselor, and as an academic program specialist at San Jose State University.
Thompson said she always had an interest in administration.
“Here in our district, counselors are considered lower-level management, but I had started progressively wanting to seek that option,” she said. “I was part of the lead team planning the opening of Kimball, so that’s what kind of inspired me.”
Thompson received her Master of Education degree from California State University, Stanislaus, in 2002 and earned her administrative credential from Teachers College of San Joaquin in 2012.
She will work alongside Michael Stagnaro, another first-time assistant principal, who joined the Kimball staff in late July.
Thompson’s former position as a Kimball counselor is being advertised on the website EdJoin.org, and TUSD officials hope to fill the job as soon as possible.
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