Rosa Thompson

Rosa Thompson is currently an advanced learning teacher-leader at Schenk Elementary School, although the majority of her career was spent as an elementary classroom teacher. While teaching at Hawthorne Elementary School, Thompson met Maria Loy. Together, they began facilitating the Oya Sisters, an asset- based, student centered group for African American girls, through a partnership with Natural Circles of Support. Thompson is also the founder of the Black Girl Magic Conference, a day-long conference that promotes empowerment and self-love, encourages academic and social-emotional success, and introduces positive role models from within our own community to Black girls in grades four through seven. Now in its fourth year, the Black Girl Magic Conference has expanded to include many other opportunities beyond the conference, such as social-emotional programs and program partnerships with local organizations.