About Colibri Group
Susanne H. Thompson Ed.D.
Dr. Susanne H. Thompson Ed.D. is Colibri Group’s president of teacher education. As president, Susanne and her mission-driven team work to provide unmatched education options for a teacher’s entire career life cycle, from licensure to continuing education to master’s degree-level programs.
Through diligence, innovation, and expertise, Colibri’s education ecosystem supports K-12 teachers on their career journey — something Susanne considers a profound honor.
When she’s not rallying for teacher success, she and her husband are traveling every corner of the globe. But their kind of travel is anything but touristy. Rather, they travel to immerse themselves completely in new cultures and different ways of life. “It’s about valuing humanity wherever we go and learning about all the amazing people on this planet ,” she says. As an educator, Susanne believes her life purpose is contributing to the quality of the human race.
Of Colibri’s five core values, love is most important to Susanne: “I believe all human beings deserve to feel love and respect and value,” she says. “The value of love extends itself into the work environment by people feeling valued, heard, and respected. It’s such a foundational way to conduct yourself, personally and professionally.”
Prior to Colibri, Susanne worked as senior vice president and managing director at Discovery Education for nearly 12 years, leading all aspects of the company’s higher education network. Earlier in her career, she served as superintendent of schools at Northwestern Lehigh School District in Pennsylvania.
Susanne holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Muhlenberg College; a master’s degree in elementary education from Kutztown University; principal and superintendent certifications from Pennsylvania State and Lehigh University, respectively; and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.