D Thompson is the Founder and Principal Consultant of DT Strategic Consulting and currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Texas Commission on Virtual Education, Rex Gore. D also is also a strategic partner with Mr. Gore in his roles as a member of the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and board member of PelotonU, a personalized, non-profit, hybrid college program designed to help working students graduate from college on their time, their way.
Prior to launching DT Strategic Consulting, D was the Texas Policy Manager for Teach Plus, directing state policy strategy and empowering teachers to have an impact on critical policy issues in the Lone Star State. D previously managed Leadership for Educational Equity’s elected leadership pipeline for Texas, coaching current and former teachers to run for elected office. His career in education began in rural North Carolina, where he fell in love teaching high school math as a Teach For America corps member. Afterward, D came back to Texas to become a founding administrator and teacher at a new high school in his hometown, KIPP Austin Collegiate.
D is passionate about building collaborative partnerships that drive innovative, systems-level solutions that are good for kids.
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