Two new assistant superintendents have joined the Lowndes County School District front office.
Matt Keith is the new assistant superintendent of support services, and Stefanie Jones is the new assistant superintendent of student services. The two have a combined 44 years of experience in education, and both have served in an administrative capacity in LCSD before accepting their respective assistant superintendent positions.
The duties of the assistant superintendent of support services are to provide support to what is taking place within classrooms, on athletic fields, in extracurricular programs, and in the community.
Keith’s career in education began at New Hope Middle School in 2006 after graduating from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from the Mississippi University for Women in 2013.
In 2013, Keith began his educational administration career as the assistant principal for New Hope Elementary School. Since then he has also served as an assistant principal for NHMS and an assistant principal for New Hope High School. From January 2020 to the end of May of this year, Keith served as the principal for NHMS.
“It is my sincere desire to see the Lowndes County School District continue to grow in a direction that is forward thinking that equally captivates the hearts and minds of our students and staff alike,” Keith said in a press release. “I believe that my role as assistant superintendent of support services is to do exactly what the job title states.”
The office of student services will include support for teachers and administrators and will oversee support for the curriculum and instruction, federal programs and special services.
Jones steps into the role with 28 years of experience in education under her belt. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree from MUW. Her career in education began in West Point, but she moved over to LCSD in 2000.
Jones served as the tutor and assessment supervisor for LCSD and began her administrative roles in 2012 when she became the assistant principal at NHMS. In 2016, Jones was selected as principal of West Lowndes High School and served there until May.
“Because of my love of teaching and for learning, I want to ensure our teachers are prepared to create challenging learning experiences for our students and to create spaces for collaboration among staff to share ideas and contribute to decision-making,” Jones said. “Empowering our teachers and strengthening our leadership capacity is essential for us to continue the path of excellence that has led this district to become A-rated.”
The board approved the positions on March 11, and both Keith and Jones began their roles on June 1.