Dr. Bonita Coleman was named Superintendent of Ocean Springs School District on June 11, 2012, by the Ocean Springs School District Board of Education. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Coleman served as Deputy Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland’s second largest school and the 18th largest system in the nation. During her tenure there, she focused her energies championing rigorous and ambitious learning opportunities for students, informative evaluative systems for teachers and administrators and data based decision making that includes all sectors of the school community.
Previously, Dr. Coleman served as Deputy Superintendent for Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi, a district with more than 32,000 students and 59 schools. In this role, she guided all instruction-related functions, including the development, implementation and evaluation of the district’s curriculum, accountability and assessment programs and the effective operation of the district’s schools. In addition, Dr. Coleman served in the Mississippi Department of Education as Associate State Superintendent for Office of Academic Education and as Bureau Director in the Office of Reading, Early Childhood and Language Arts. Dr. Coleman has 20+ years in public education that includes service as a teacher and a college professor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Secondary Education from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Mississippi, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Jackson State University. Dr. Coleman enjoys reading, jazz music and spending time with family and friends.