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Superintendent of Ocean Springs School District

Appointed superintendent of the Ocean Springs School District in 2012, has served in education for her entire professional life. Through her roles as superintendent, teacher, consultant, and parent, she has acquired a deep and broad understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and complexities of successfully leading a school district.  Ocean Springs School District has set a new standard for Mississippi’s school districts by focusing on student success, instructional development and coaching, and effective principal leadership. With a relentless focus on building positive relationships and instructional capacity, the district has developed annual strategic drivers and developed high-impact learning initiatives to increase the district graduation rate to over 90%. Under Dr. Coleman's leadership, the school district is recognized as one of the best school districts in the state and nation for its academic, athletic and artistic programs. With a focus on quality education, student leadership, civic engagement, and the “Greyhound Experience,” OSSD continues to strive for excellence. As a result, the school district has continuously sustained an A-Rating by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Before assuming the role of superintendent of OSSD, Dr. Coleman served as deputy superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools. During her tenure, she helped lead the nation’s 18th largest school district. Under her leadership, the school district established an ambitious plan to create rigorous learning opportunities for students, developed informative evaluative systems for teachers and administrators, and used data, predictive analytics and community input to help guide decision-making. As a result, the school district increased its academic performance, enhanced co-curricular learning experiences, expanded professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, and received national recognition for expanding access to Advanced Placement courses.   For more than 20 years in public education, she has served as a K-12 teacher and a visiting professor and scholar at a number of universities.Dr. Coleman also served several years as the associate state superintendent for academics for the Mississippi Department of Education. She is a member of the State Superintendent of Education’s Superintendents Advisory Council, the MS Superintendents Collaborative, and MS Diverse and Learner Ready Council.

A native Mississippian, Dr. Coleman graduated from Tougaloo College. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Jackson State University. She is also a graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy.

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Dr. Bonita Coleman
Superintendent of Schools
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Dara Turner
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent