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MSD Administration

Superintendent Sandra Edwards

Dr. Sandra G. Edwards

Sandra G. Edwards,  Ed.D.serves as the superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf which has established a philosophy of AEBE (ASL/English Bilingual Education). Dr. Edwards is responsible for leading 100 staff members and the educational process for 240 students. She provides leadership in the educational programming of both commuter and residential students. Dr. Edwards leads an administrative team of professionals who ensure implementation of a universal design of learning and the appropriate implementation of the College and Career Readiness Standards.  In addition, she works closely with the Mississippi Department of Education as well as local school districts regarding the educational matriculation of deaf and hard of hearing students. Dr. Edwards serves on the board of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) where currently serves as president elect and works at the national level on educational issues.  Dr. Edwards is published in several periodicals with research, which revolves heavily around literacy.

If you would like to contact Dr. Sandra Edwards, please email  sgedwards@mdek12.org



Director of Mississippi Assistive Center 
Dr. Leigh Warren

Leigh Poole Warren, Ed.D.serves as the Director of the Mississippi Assistance Center.  Dr. Warren leads an eclectic team of professionals who are highly skilled in their particular areas to provide assistance to families, districts and community members serving all students who have hearing loss. 

If you would like to contact Dr. Leigh Warren, please email  lwarren@mdek12.org

Academic Pre-K-12 Principal 
Mrs. Jessica McMahon


If you would like to contact Mrs. Jessica McMahon, please email jmcmahon@mdek12.org

Director of Residential Education
 Mr. Sekoe White

Mr. White serves as the Director of Residential Education at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. He is a graduate of Gallaudet University  with a  B.A in Communication Studies. 

Mr. White always has  always had a passion to work with students and their extracurricular activities in the dormitory-setting because it is the place where students can develop their identity, their culture, their confidence, their language and their personal life to reinforce academic and social excellence. 

 In addition to being the Residential Education director, Mr. White has a huge passion for MSD's Athletic program. He enjoys coaching and maximizing student abilities abilities.

Mr. White believes sports allows the opportunity for students to have their  "showtime" and share the knowledge they have gained from Academic and Residential Life at MSD. 

If you would like to get know about Residential Life, contact Mr Sekoe White at sekoewhite@mdek12.org




Director of Overnight Supervision
Mrs. Shelly Jacobs

Shelly Jacobs is currently serving as Overnight Supervisor for Mississippi School for the Deaf.  She’s been serving in this capacity since 2010.  She began her journey as a dorm parent in 1998.  She received her Associate of Science degree at Hinds Community College and her Bachelors of Science from Jackson State University. 

If you would like to contact Mrs. Shelly Jacobs, please email  sjacobs@mdek12.org