My name is Sandra Edwards. I am so proud to be the superintendent of the very BEST Deaf school in the nation. I began my connection to MSD as a child where my father, a graduate of MSD, would bring me to every event of his alma mater.
I began my career at MSD in January of 1988 as a classroom teacher. Before being appointed as superintendent in July of 2009, I served in the capacity of teacher, reading specialist, director of instruction and principal. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am here to give back to this great school for the wonderful education afforded my father. I am an educator today because the education my dad received at MSD. I have often been asked, “Which is/was your favorite role at MSD?” I have to say my role was the one played during my time as a classroom teacher. Developing a love for reading in my students has no doubt been the highlight of my career.
The mission of the superintendent’s office is to serve in any capacity to ensure all Deaf and Hard of Hearing students across our great state receive a quality education. This service work includes; working with a great administrative and educational staff on our main campus, working with our excellent parent/infant advisors, collaborating with local school districts through the Mississippi Assistive Center on Hearing Loss (MACHL), and collaborating with our wonderful stakeholders, which include our parents and the Deaf community.
My post-secondary work includes:
Associates of Art from Hinds Community College
Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi
Master of Science from Jackson State University
Doctorate of Education from Lamar University
On a personal note:
I am a Child Of Deaf Adult (CODA). I am the oldest of three children. My parents live in Tupelo. I enjoy spending time with them and am thankful for their influence in my life.
I have been married to a wonderful man, Clayton, for 27 years. We have three beautiful children and a son-in-law. Our daughters are Lauren and Allie and our son is Caleb. Todd is our son-in-law. We are very proud of our children.
“ There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.” John Adams