Mrs. Thompson opened Charles P. Murray Elementary School in August 2014 and served as principal there until coming to Diamond Elementary School in June 2018.
While at Murray, Ms. Thompson worked to build a collaborative environment where the staff provides students with the vital knowledge and skills necessary to become life-long learners and global citizens in the 21st Century. In 2015, Murray was one of the recipients of the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon award.
Prior to coming to Fort Stewart, Ms. Thompson was the principal at Mudge Elementary School in Fort Knox, Kentucky, from 2012-2014. She also served as the assistant principal at Fort Knox High School from March 2010 to July 2012.
Mrs. Thompson began her education career in Raleigh, North Carolina, at East Millbrook Middle School where she taught seventh grade Language Arts. In 2002, Mrs. Thompson joined the Department of Defense Education Activity at Albritton Junior High School in Fort Bragg, NC. She taught seventh and eighth grade Language Arts and seventh, eighth, and ninth grade AVID- a pre-college program for middle and high school students. Ms. Thompson worked at Albritton Junior High until she became assistant principal at Fort Knox High School in 2010.
Ms. Thompson has served on several Continuous School Improvement teams; led schools through the accreditation process; implemented project-based learning and STEM programs; developed mentoring and parent involvement programs; worked with teachers to improve collaboration and instructional practices; and established community partnerships to improve student learning opportunities.
Mrs. Thompson graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies Education. She received her Masters of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision through the University of Phoenix.
As the assistant principal at Diamond Elementary School, Dr. Deborah Williams has been instrumental in supporting the successful transition to a new 21st Century building and 21st Century teaching practices. Dr. Williams has served as an administrator for the Fort Stewart School System since 1989. During this time she has served as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for the Fort Stewart School System/DDESS and as Acting Principal for both Brittin and Diamond Elementary Schools on multiple occasions. In addition, Dr. Williams has also served as assistant principal for Brittin, Diamond, and Kessler Elementary Schools.
Prior to coming to Fort Stewart as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development in 1989, Dr. Williams completed her Doctoral studies in the Department of Curriculum and Supervision at the University of Georgia while serving as a research fellow for Dr. Carl Glickman, one of the founders of clinical supervision and the school improvement process, and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Supervision. While at the University of Georgia, Dr. Williams published and co-published articles related to school-based instructional supervision and the impact on improving instruction and student achievement in the Educational Leadership and the Journal of Instructional Supervision.