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Stanley W. Thompson
Program Director

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Stan Thompson is director of The Heinz Endowments’ Education Program, which works with schools and community-based organizations to improve student achievement and promote high-quality learning, instruction and educational leadership in the Pittsburgh region. Before joining the Endowments in September 2008, he was the executive director of Times2 Academy for Engineering, Mathematics, Science and Technology. As a charter school in Providence, R.I., Times2 provides a learning environment that exposes children, particularly students of color, to challenging, real-world applications of engineering, mathematics and science.

Before becoming executive director of Times2, Stan was the school’s academic dean for kindergarten through 12th-grade education. His diverse professional background also includes working as a middle and high school English teacher in Kansas and New York; a middle and high school principal in Wisconsin and Rhode Island; a senior associate with the Coalition of Essential Schools, which was formerly based at Brown University; director of a career and technical center in Rhode Island; and associate director of high schools for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Massachusetts. He also has served as an adjunct faculty member for National Louis University in Illinois.

Stan has presented at regional and national conferences on the topics of school change, team building, assessment and leadership. He was the 2000 Metropolitan Life/National Association of Secondary Schools State Principal of the Year for Rhode Island High Schools. In addition, he has served as a former member of the Coca-Cola School Partnership Council, which nationally promotes healthy lifestyle initiatives for students in grades six through 12. Stan has been on numerous panels, committees and advisory boards including those of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Mathematics and Science Education in Rhode Island, Breaking Ranks in the Ocean State Steering Committee, and Exchange City. Currently, he is the co-chairman of the Education Committee for the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., a master’s in English literature from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s in educational administration from Harvard University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Mary Jo Wise
Administrative Assistant

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Mary Jo Wise is the administrative assistant for the Education Program director at The Heinz Endowments. Her duties include scheduling for the director, coordinating meetings, and assisting in the management of reports.

Prior to joining the Endowments in 2016, Mary Jo lived and worked in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for more than a decade. There she worked as a senior account director for a full-service advertising and marketing firm, specializing in the aviation and travel industry as well as handling accounts for federal and local government agencies. Accounts managed by Mary Jo included the Washington, D.C., Office of Tax and Revenue where, under her creative direction and management, her firm produced the “Tax Friendly Campaign,” winner of a Silver Inkwell Award for Media and Relations & Publicity. She also managed the creative concept development and production of an air traffic control exhibit for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is permanently displayed in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Mary Jo attended Robert Morris University, where she studied administrative management, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Moon Township, Pa., with her family.

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