Colibri set out to be a leader in online learning education for licensed professionals and delivered its first online learning courses in the appraisal profession in 1998. Their vision is to become the most admired professional learning company in the world. Dr. Susanne Thompson, President of Moreland University, while building the Teacher Education Ecosystem at the Colibri Group, shares, “Today we work with over 5 million professionals and partners to deliver best-in-class professional education for licensing, continuing education, test preparation, and career readiness. In addition to leading adult online learning in the appraisal, construction, and property services professions, Colibri is now an online learning leader in real estate, health care, financial services, accounting, and most recently, a new industry: teacher education.”
Moreland University is owned by the Colibri Group and has operated since 2011 as a postgraduate institution with a focus on teacher preparation via their core alternative certification program, titled Teach-Now. Moreland is a global, online university that is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and serves students from 160 countries around the world. Moreland was acquired by Colibri in October 2021 to be the first step in building the teacher education ecosystem.
Mapping the Journey: The Life of a Leader
Nature and nurture both play a significant role in a person’s life and shape the person’s personality. Growing up, her father, family, teachers, and college professors have remained sources of inspiration and models for how to live a life of service, integrity, curiosity, and humility. Susanne shares, “I’m inspired by so many people… those that champion causes, those who overcome severe challenges and give back, those in jobs that protect people and communities, those who are making a difference in small or big ways. Inspiration also comes from being outdoors, taking time to read, taking care of your health, and being with your friends and family. I also love inspirational quotes. They are little nuggets of wisdom and energy. There are millions of sources of inspiration in our world today.”
Susanne has been in the education industry for 32 years, serving as a public educator in Pennsylvania as a classroom teacher, building administrator, director of curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of schools. She has extensive experience in the education industry and has held leadership and executive level positions at organizations like Discovery Inc. and Discovery Education, Northwestern Lehigh School District, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, etc.
She joined the Colibri Group in November 2021 to build the Teacher Education Ecosystem, a new industry for Colibri. Joining the Colibri Group was a decision based on leading in a company whose core values of Love, Joy, Curiosity, Teamwork, and Boldness are consistently lived and implemented both internally and externally. The focus at Colibri and Moreland is to empower educators to thrive in their careers through their offerings related to licensure preparation, continued education via Master’s Degree programming, licensure attainment guidance, and state test exam preparation support. Susanne shares, “I was inspired by Colibri’s passion for teachers, support for high-quality adult learning, and desire to work in the field of education specifically to respond to the ongoing teacher shortage, address long-standing attrition challenges for school systems, and reignite a passion for wanting to join the education profession.”