Ms. Krystal L. Thompkins, Ed.S.,

Ms. Krystal L. Thompkins, Ed.S., is a distinguished educator with almost 30 years of experience at the school, district, and state levels. Ms. Thompkins received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Education and Education Specialist degree in administration and leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  She received additional training through the BB&T (now Truist) Leadership Institute for Education Leaders.  Throughout her career she served in a variety of roles.  These roles include: classroom teacher, elementary reading facilitator, K-12 social studies curriculum coordinator, curriculum specialist, education consultant team lead and K-12 English and reading education coordinator.   

Currently, Ms. Thompkins is the executive director of teaching and learning with Petersburg City Public Schools.  In this role, she oversees all core content areas, develops strategic plans for content creation, testing and assessment analysis, and manages instructional delivery and professional development.  Prior to her work in Petersburg, Ms. Thompkins most recently worked as the K-12 English and reading coordinator for Portsmouth Public Schools. She created a clear vision for literacy education in the division and took the reading department through a massive reorganization, resulting in an increase in the number of schools achieving full accreditation to 73% from 43% within three years.   

Ms. Thompkins also worked with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for almost a decade.  She served as an education consultant and later promoted to supervisor in the district and school transformation office.  In this role, she led a team assigned to work with over 400 teachers, impacting approximately 10,000 students.  Ms. Thompkins also served as an advocate and state liaison for low-achieving schools in the North Central and Northeast regions of the state.   

As a well-respected and accomplished educator, Ms. Thompkins wrote an article entitled, “Creating Inclusive Classrooms with Diverse Literature”, featured in Accessibility, Compliance & Equity Magazine.  As an expert in the field of education, Ms. Thompkins was invited to speak on the importance of literacy and literary equity on Education Talk Radio.  She was also the featured speaker on ED FAQS podcast and webinar to discuss strategies for turning around low-achieving schools.   

Ms. Thompkins serves as an education consultant and university instructor and is sought after by districts and schools for her knowledge of literacy, school improvement, curriculum and instruction and data-driven decision making.  She is also the founder and owner of KLT Education Consulting Group, LLC.