Meet Our Superintendent - Dr. Alicia Thompson
Her legacy in the Wichita district extends back to her mother, who was a veteran teacher in the Wichita district. When it was time to start kindergarten, she was a student at Carter Elementary, then transitioned to Chisholm Trail Elementary. A proud Wichita Heights Falcon, she went on to attend college at Langston University, Newman University, and ultimately received her doctorate of educational leadership from Wichita State.
Her 25-year career in Kansas’ largest school district began as a teacher at Ingalls Elementary, now Spaght Magnet Elementary. She transitioned into a building leader and then a district-level administrator prior to her appointment as Wichita’s superintendent in spring 2017.
Dr. Thompson believes in investing her own time in the community that has supported her. Community activities have included service on boards of directors for Goodwill Industries, American Red Cross, Real Men Real Heroes, Leadership Wichita and Exploration Place.
In her role as superintendent, she will serve the Wichita Chamber Board of Directors, Greater Wichita Partnership and Business Education Alliance. She is actively involved in the WSU School of Education leadership advisory board, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc., and St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Alicia has been honored with the Wichita Business Journal’s Leadership in Diversity Award, the Martin Luther King Education Award from the Urban League of Kansas, and the NAACP Education Award.
Dr. Thompson and her husband Reggie, a West High Pioneer, have two children – a daughter who graduated from Northeast Magnet, and a daughter who will begin middle school this fall.