George Thompson President and Chief Operating Officer
I believe that public education is essential to perpetuating a democratic society, but I am passionate about helping school leaders transform their educational entities into something that looks more like a learning organization than a governmental bureaucracy, something that is in sync with students and the way they live, work, socialize, and learn.
I am inspired when I see evidence of the leadership role of teachers, principals, superintendents, and school boards—when they make structural changes that result in increased engagement of students, staff, and community. I like to see leaders using our tools and frameworks to frame and reframe challenges and issues that impact their organization.
GEORGE G. THOMPSON is president and chief operating officer of the Schlechty Center. George joined the Center in 1995, serving as senior associate and vice president prior to his appointment as president in 2000.
Between 1995 and 1997 George and Phil Schlechty led teams that designed two signature networks, both of which launched in 1997: the Standard-Bearer School District Network and the Superintendents Leadership Network. These networks have been crucial to the development of common understandings, tools, and processes to support the transformation of public schools from bureaucracies into learning organizations.
George came to the Schlechty Center after 19 years of service with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, one of the largest high-growth school districts in the nation. George served there as elementary school principal, high school principal, administrative assistant to the superintendent, and superintendent from 1990 to1994. Prior to his work in Gwinnett County, George was a teacher and community school director with Atlanta Public Schools.
George is well known as a highly effective and engaging speaker with extensive experience using Schlechty Center frameworks and processes to support school and community leaders in their efforts toward district and school transformation. He is similarly known and greatly respected as an exceptional facilitator in support of the work of top-level district leaders, including superintendents, central office administrators, and boards of education.
Although he doesn’t look old enough to play the part, he is also enjoying life as an enthusiastic and charmed grandfather—adding another dimension to what he already appreciates about youth, growth, and learning.
Our Senior Associates
George Thompson President and Chief Operating Officer
I get inspired when I see leaders using our tools and frameworks to frame and reframe challenges and issues that impact their organization... Meet George
Annie Wimbish Senior Associate
My prayer and purpose now is to share with other leaders what I have learned with the hope that they will save more and more children and truly “not leave so many behind.”... Meet Annie
Annissa Roland Senior Associate
I believe in our positions, frameworks, and theories. When I work with school districts and educators, I am truly sharing what I passionately believe... Meet Annissa
Deanna Howard Senior Associate
I am especially passionate about students being happy and safe in school. I see this resulting from the engagement of everyone involved... Meet Deanna
John Horn Senior Associate
I have always believed in the importance of relationships, influence, and collaboration to successfully leading schools. The power of beliefs and vision... Meet John
Judy Love Senior Associate
I feel like I can make a difference. That difference presents itself in various ways. Sometimes I help a teacher understand that she can be a designer... Meet Judy
Lennie Hay Senior Associate
My passion is to make connections between and among significant ideas in ways that will help leaders in education understand those ideas with new depth... Meet Lennie
Monica Solomon Senior Associate
I love what I do. I see results and I get feedback and encouragement from my colleagues and clients. There is nothing more powerful than listening to... Meet Monica
Nancy Rindone-Doughney Senior Associate
I'm passionate about learning, facing the challenges put before me, and being creative. I think some of my best work results from those times I'm most... Meet Nancy
Phillip Brown Senior Associate
I passionately believe in the tools and processes the Schlechty Center uses to partner with educators. I am working at the Schlechty Center because... Meet Phillip
Roland Chevalier Senior Associate
The work of the Schlechty Center is all about the right thing to do—if you care about public education, if you care about the future of our schools... Meet Roland
Ron Wright Senior Associate
As a public school principal, I often found myself searching for a way to explain the foundations of good teaching and successful schools... Meet Ron
Sandy Jenkins Senior Associate
I believe that public education is the last best hope for many students, and I want to ensure they have quality experiences to change their lives... Meet Sandy
Steve McCammon Senior Associate
As a former school superintendent blessed with the opportunity to lead this work for the past 12 years , I found it inspirational... Meet Steve
Vickie Phelps Senior Associate
My passion is in the system transformation part of Schlechty Center work. It took me longer to begin to understand the impact of systems thinking... Meet Vickie