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JC Schools Announces Tim Thompson as the District’s New Human Resources Director

Current human resources manager and former principal brings wealth of experience in education to promoted position

JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City School District announced today that Tim Thompson, the district’s current human resources manager and a lifelong Missouri educator, has been promoted and named as the JC Schools director of human resources. Thompson will officially take over this role on July 1 after working as the district’s human resources manager for the 2021-2022 school year.

“Tim Thompson has proven to be an effective leader and innovative thinker for JC Schools and our human resources department,” said Bryan McGraw, JC Schools deputy superintendent and incoming superintendent. “Tim always comes to the table with enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Since he joined the JC Schools team, the district has benefitted from Tim’s expertise in the field of education, eagerness to recruit and retain high-quality staff, and his desire to personally build a solid rapport with all staff members.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a point of contact for all employees across the district and trying to assist them in having a quality work life,” said Tim Thompson, JC Schools human resources manager and incoming director of human resources. “I truly enjoy getting into the buildings and meeting staff in all departments. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to work on the leadership team at Central Office and help achieve our goal of continuing to build a district of champions” 

Thompson looks forward to implementing new human resources programs for the 2022-2023 school year, including designating times for the human resources team and staff at every building to meet to address any human resources questions. His goal is to bring human resources to the buildings, establishing a stronger connection between the human resources department and JC Schools staff. 

Before he joined the JC Schools team, Thompson led numerous schools throughout his career as a principal. He took on his first principal role as the elementary principal at Scott County Central in Sikeston, Missouri from 2006 to 2010. He went on to become the junior high and senior high principal of South Nodaway High School in Barnard, Missouri for the 2010-2011 school year. 

For the next six years, Thompson pursued positions in higher education at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. There, he was the director of the Tinnin Fine Arts Center from 2011-2017 and then the division chair of the fine arts, languages, communication, and education departments from 2016-2017.

Thompson returned to the elementary and secondary education setting in 2017 when he took the helm as the elementary and junior high school principal at Crystal City 47 in Crystal City, Missouri. After a successful two years in the position, he moved into a new role as the elementary principal at South Harrison R-2 Schools in Bethany, Missouri. 

Prior to his principal positions, Thompson was a high school teacher for a cumulative 17 years. He has also taught courses in education, public speaking, theater, interpersonal communication, and school law as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges throughout Missouri. 

Thompson earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Southeast Missouri State University. He also holds a master’s degree in education administration and an education specialist degree in education administration from William Woods University. 

A resident of Jefferson City, Thompson has enjoyed living in the Capital City and getting involved in local theater. He will direct “Blithe Spirit” this fall for the Little Theatre of Jefferson City. Thompson has also been an active member of Rough Writers and Scene One Theatre by supporting shows, learning more about playwriting, and developing his own original pieces.