Superintendent's Bio


Bonita Coleman, PhD

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. 

Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Ocean Springs School District (OSSD) – Where We Bridge Academics, Athletics and the Arts!  We have developed our website to serve as a resource for our students, school staff, parents and the Ocean Springs community. It is our mission to be a student-centered, high-performing school district that prepares it’s students to be life long learners, thinkers and productive members of our society.  The foundation for this mission is clearly articulated in the OSSD’s strategic plan which holds all adults in the system responsible for the effective instruction of our students.


Students: Our mission is to focus on you and your preparation for the next phase of your lives. Every decision we make, every plan we implement, everything must be centered around you and your educational success. I strongly encourage you to reflect on the education that you are receiving and ask the hard questions of yourself and your teachers. Are you learning up to your potential so that you can be ready for college and a career upon graduating from Ocean Springs School District?  Remember, smarter is what you become through active learning experiences!


Parents/Family: I encourage you to visit your child (ren) at school to see the dynamic learning experiences in which they are engaged on a daily basis. Just as important, your presence and attention to their academic lives will reinforce to your child your support for his or her academic achievement.


Staff:  The challenge is very clear for us:  A great teacher in every classroom for every student every day. It is our responsibility to support the instruction of students from whatever position you serve in the district-all roads must lead back to our students.


Community: As a school system, we are thankful to be in a community dedicated to  students and schools. The strength of our collaboration is what makes Ocean Springs School District a great place to live and to learn.


Success does not happen by chance. School districts do not perform at high levels by accident-it is the thoughtful, deliberative acts of all facets of the school community that fosters success. 


It’s Great to be a Greyhound!

Bonita Coleman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools

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