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Dr. Arnetta P Thompson

Dr. Arnetta Thompson is honored to be the Superintendent of Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System.  She has served the school system for three years as Talent Management Director and the Assistant Superintendent of Talent Management & Instruction. Dr. Thompson attended Tennessee Technological University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology. She continued her education at Western Michigan University earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Grand Valley State University earning her Educational Specialist Degree and Eastern Michigan University earning her Ph. D. 

Dr. Thompson is entering her 31st year in education, 18 of those years as an administrator. During her tenure as a successful educator, Dr. Thompson has been a classroom teacher, athletic coach and athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum specialist. While at Muskegon Heights, Dr. Thompson has been an integral leader in developing and sustaining the Supporting Emerging Educator Development (SEED) teacher residency program, created in partnership with Grand Valley State University. The SEED program has been a large contributor to stabilizing teacher retention in the school system, which has been consistently at 95% in recent years. 

MHPSAS Board President Garland Kilgore said, ‘Dr. Thompson has shown her ability to successfully lead. Her educational background, coupled with her experience in leadership throughout school systems, helped us reach our decision. Dr. Thompson has been an integral member of the team that has helped reshape and align the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System toward success.’ 

Our mission is to create a stable and supportive environment where the students of the Muskegon Heights community can thrive daily and achieve a brighter future through the education we provide.

I am looking forward to serving you!