Frances Knight Thompson was educated in the Chesapeake Public Schools and is a graduate of Hampton University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. In 1989, she was awarded a Master of Science in Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from Old Dominion University. In 2005, she earned an Endorsement in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Thompson was an VBCPS elementary music teacher for 15 years and a professional school counselor with Virginia Beach City Public Schools for 22 years. In January 2010, she retired from VBCPS after 37 years of service. At her retirement, she was assigned as Guidance Department Chair of Kemps Landing Magnet School, VBCPS' middle school for intellectually gifted students. Mrs. Thompson was named Kemps Landing Magnet School’s 2006-2007 Teacher of The Year. Her professional passion in education is increasing the identification of students in underrepresented populations for gifted programs as well as addressing the issue of closing the achievement gap of African American males, a local, state, and national concern for all educators.

Mrs. Thompson has received several community awards to commend her distinguished service to the community and her commitment to equity in education. In 2009, Mrs. Thompson was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission. Also in 2009, Mrs. Thompson was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Award from the Hampton Roads Urban League.

Mrs. Thompson is involved in the Hampton Roads community as an active member on the Board of Directors of Virginia Beach CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She is an active member of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Equity Council, a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of Teens With A Purpose, and Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the newly formed Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium. She also serves as Executive Pastor of Mount Sinai Family Life Christian Center and as Vice-President and Program Director of ChainBreakers, Incorporated, a non-profit community development corporation located in Portsmouth, Virginia. ChainBreakers, Inc. is dedicated to helping low-income families in the city of Portsmouth become self sufficient and improve their quality of life.

Mrs. Thompson is married, a mother of three, grandmother of five, and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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Virginia Beach School Board


  Experience as a teacher - 15 years in Virginia Beach City Public Schools as an elementary school music teacher
Experience as a counselor - 15 years in Virginia Beach City Public Schools as an elementary professional school counselor
Experience in Gifted Education - 7 years as Guidance Department Chair, Kemps Landing Magnet School
Experience in school administration - 4 years as project manager, Virginia Beach City Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs
Experience as a parent - 3 children are graduates of VBCPS


Committed to real solutions promoting the mission and goals of Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Committed to excellence, equity and high expectations for all students
Committed to support for parents and teachers as partners in the education of children
Committed to the legislative, administrative, and judicial responsibilities of the VB School Board
Committed to support for teachers as professionals and experts in the business of education 




  Promoting and supporting ASCD Whole Child Initiative - Ensuring that each child in each school is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Whole Child Tenets

Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.

PAOB's Media Relations Program, Press Drop covered the work by school workers and sponsors that developed the African-American Male Summit. This event was a great project to encourage and empower young men. Congratulations to PAOB member, Frances Knight Thompson that was project support for this event.
PAOB member, Frances Knight Thompson and board member of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), joined fellow board members, supporters, volunteers, and donors for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Virginia Beach CASA Offices. This partnership with the City of Virginia Beach has afforded Virginia Beach CASA to move from a 650 square foot office, to a newly built 900 square foot suite of offices.
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