Annette VanHook Thompson has served as the District Administrator of the Dodgeland School District, a small, rural district in south-central Wisconsin for ten years. Prior to becoming the District Administrator, Annette was a School Psychologist, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, and District Assessment Coordinator.
Annette earned her Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Her dissertation studied the factors that influence a school board’s decision when hiring a superintendent. This sequential, mixed-methods study involved surveying and interviewing school board members who participated in the superintendent hiring process. Annette’s Masters and Educational Specialist degrees in School Psychology are from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
A core belief espoused by Annette in her work and life is servant leadership. This commitment to being attentive to the needs of those one leads requires self-reflection, an openness to feedback, a focus on creating a positive culture, and a willingness to be engaged in one’s own professional learning. To that end, Annette is actively engaged in coaching from the Studer organization and incorporates that learning in the district’s strategic planning.