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Melissa Arnold Named OSSD's Administrator of the Year

Trey Brennan

Melissa Arnold, principal of Ocean Springs Middle School, has been named OSSD's 2021 Administrator of the year. Mrs. Arnold is in her first year at Ocean Springs Middle School after moving over from OSHS last summer. Her dedication to her work, students, and family is unparalleled.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (OSSD) -- Melissa Arnold, principal of Ocean Springs Middle School, has been named OSSD's 2021 Administrator of the year. Mrs. Arnold is in her first year at Ocean Springs Middle School after moving over from OSHS last summer. Her dedication to her work, students, and family is unparalleled. Here's what some of her fellow leaders have to say:

"Congratulations, Mrs. Arnold. The strength you have shown daily, leading a school/taking care of your family, is such an encouragement to all. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Again, congratulations!" - Braxton Stowe, Principal of OSHS

"I’ve worked closely with Melissa for a number of years. I have always known Melissa to be caring, fair, and consistent. She always has the student’s best interest in mind in all decisions. She is a valued colleague and friend. This is an honor that is well deserved. Congratulations Melissa!" - Alison Block, Principal of Magnolia Park Elementary

"Melissa is a great thought partner and friend. She is always willing to help even when her to-do list is overwhelming. She has taken on the role of OSMS's principal with a smile all while fighting cancer with her daughter. She is a true warrior!" - Jennifer Necaise, Principal of Ocean Springs Upper Elementary

"Melissa Arnold is the epitome of genuineness and integrity! She is a dedicated educator who always puts students first. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She is one classy lady!! She is most deserving of this prestigious honor, and I am proud to have her represent the OSSD as our Administrator of the Year!" - Jennifer Pope, Principal of Oak Park Elementary

"I’ve worked closely with Melissa for a number of years. I have always known Melissa to be caring,  fair, and consistent. She always has the student's best interest in mind in all decisions. She is a valued colleague and friend.  This is an honor that is well deserved. Congratulations Melissa!" - Stephanie Allison, Director of E.H. Keys AEC

"Mrs. Melissa Arnold is a passionate educator that always puts the needs of the students first. She is a tremendous advocate for students and is able to build a relationship with students that highlights her kind and caring personality. Mrs. Arnold does a great job building relationships with families and colleagues and truly invests in their personal growth.  She is a great friend, administrator, and person. She truly makes Ocean Springs a better place." - Jacob Dykes, Principal of Pecan Park Elementary

Mrs. Arnold served Ocean Springs High School in several capacities, including Assistant Principal, Testing & MTSS Coordinator, and Positive Behavior Specialist. Mrs. Arnold earned a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University, a Masters in Organizational and Behavioral Leadership from Regions University, and a Bachelor's in Sociology from Lewis University in Joliet, Illinois.

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