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Shanna Thompson

Shanna Thompson
Shanna Thompson, Ed.D. Project Manager, Science Express

Research Interest

Her research interests include issues related to at-risk youth and alternative education programs for at-risk youth.

Teaching Assignments At UMass Lowell

Educational Psychology
Educating Diverse Populations
First Year Honors Seminar (FYSH)

Educational Background

B.S., Psychology and Art Studio, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of New Orleans, LA
Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification, University of San Diego, CA


Prior to beginning her teaching career, Shanna Thompson was the Human Resources Coordinator and Manager of Training and Development of a minority owned bank in the city of New Orleans.  She began her teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher for a magnet high school in New Orleans.  She also worked as a Mathematics Teaching Associate for the Classic Upward Bound Summer Program at the University of New Orleans.  She then moved to San Francisco and continued teaching high school mathematics for another three years in a continuation high school, an alternative program for youth who arte at-risk of not graduating.  Shanna has also served as a tutor of mathematics and various other subjects for more than 10 years.

Shanna is finishing her dissertation for the Leadership and Schooling Doctorate Program and serves as an officer for the Graduate School of Education Graduate Student Organization (GSE GSO).  She has worked on numerous research projects with the Graduate School of Education’s faculty and assisted with papers presented at several conferences including NERA, NEERO, AERA, and APS. She was honored  as the Graduate School of Education’s 2009-2010 Outstanding Graduate Student. She is currently serving as the project manager for the Science Express research projects and as an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education and Honors College.