More About our Head of School

Whitney Thompson brings tremendous intellectual depth, an inclusive leadership style, and strong ties to the independent school and Friends school leadership worlds, especially in her work with the Friends Council on Education. She earned an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in African American studies and a master’s degree in Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

Whitney has twenty years of experience as a teacher and administrator at Brooklyn Friends School, where she served as the Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty, overseeing complex administrative matters for a school with five divisions and more than 200 faculty members. During Whitney’s tenure, school enrollment increased from 650 to 900 students, a successful capital campaign enabled a new 40,000 square foot upper school building, and the school successfully instituted the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.Whitney was also deeply involved in efforts to revamp approaches to faculty hiring at BFS, focusing on inclusion.Along with this administrative experience, Whitney is a beloved teacher of Quakerism and Adolescent Health. Concurrently with her administrative work at Brooklyn Friends, for seven years Whitney was a Director of the Teen Adventure Program of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, a Quaker summer program based in Lexington, VA, where she doubled enrollment and developed comprehensive staff training and evaluation systems.