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MSD Administration



Superintendent- Mrs. Wendy Rogers 

Wendy Rogers was recently appointed as the new Superintendent of the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and the Deaf. Wendy was previously an Educator in Residence for the Mississippi Department of Education in which she mentored new directors of special education across the state for the past two years. Wendy has a B.S. and a M.Ed. in Special Education and a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership all from the University of Southern Mississippi. Wendy is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Mississippi State University.


Wendy’s administrative experience includes both general and special education positions. She has been a director of special education for 11 years and a curriculum director concurrently during 3 years of that time in the Stone County School District. Wendy was the Stone High School Principal for 4 years and Perkinston Elementary Assistant Principal for 1 year. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Wendy was a special education teacher in the Petal School District serving students in both inclusive and self-contained environments, including therapeutic day treatment classes. Wendy has also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Southern Mississippi.

Wendy is an active member of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), in which she is currently serving as the Past-President of MS-CASE and on the research committee of CASE at the national level. Wendy was previously a member of the national CASE Policy and Legislative Committee, the MDE Special Education Task Force, and the MDE RtI/MTSS Task Force. Wendy has also served a board member of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents/Alliance (MASS) and the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA).

If you would like to contact Mrs. Wendy Rogers, please email wlrogers@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

Director of Special Education - Ms. Allison Paige Pigott  

 Ms. Pigott’s career in education spans a total of eighteen years which includes experience in cross-categorical and continuum of services areas and grade levels within special education at the school, district, and state levels in rural and urban environments.

Ms. Pigott’s experience includes two years at Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) in the Office of Special Education as an Instructional Support Specialist and as a Compliance Monitor, two years as district Behavior Interventionist and Instructional Support Specialist for Zachary Community Schools in Zachary, LA, twelve years as a teacher in cross-categorical areas and grade levels within special education at Zachary Community Schools, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, and Plaquemines Parish Schools in Louisiana and Baldwin County Schools in Georgia. In addition, Ms. Pigott started her career in education at Bogalusa City Schools in Louisiana as a general education teacher.

Ms. Pigott has training from the University of North Carolina in TEACCH, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Mississippi State University and Special Education from Southern University & A & M College and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from William Carey University. Ms. Pigott is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from William Carey University.

If you would like to contact Ms. Pigott, please email apigott@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