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MSD Administration

Superintendent: Dr. Kim Benton, former chief academic officer at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), has assumed the responsibility of interim superintendent of MSB and MSD beginning October 7, 2019.

Additionally, former Madison County School District superintendent Michael Kent will support Dr. Benton in her leadership of both schools as needed.


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 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