The Oxford School District (OSD) announces Mary Ruth Wright as the new principal to lead Oxford Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year.
Wright is currently the Director of Special Education for the Tupelo School District, where she is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the special education program consisting of over 1,000 special education students, over 100 support staff, 15 school sites, and a multimillion dollar budget.
“We are very proud to have Mrs. Wright join the Oxford School District,” said Brian Harvey, superintendent of Oxford schools. “She brings effective teaching and classroom management skills as both a school administrator and an instructional leader to our school district. We feel confident with her in charge of the educational plans for Oxford Elementary School and look forward to seeing positive educational experiences continue for our school children next year under her leadership.”
Wright has 21 years of teaching experience with 14 of those spent as a school administrator.
“It is truly an honor to join the Oxford School District as principal of Oxford Elementary School,” said Wright. “My husband and I look forward to moving our family to Oxford and becoming active members of the community.”
Wright also gained educational leadership experience as Director of Special Programs at Amory School District. Her classroom experience includes teaching special education for Lee County School District and Tate County School District and elementary education for Okolona School District and West Point School District. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. She will complete an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University this May.
Wright is an active in community involvement as a member of Kiwanis International, Altrusa International, the Council for Exceptional Children and the Mississippi Association of School Administrators. She is married to Tommy Wright, and together they have two children, Mary Elizabeth and Will, who will attend Oxford schools in the fall.
With the 2014-2015 school year’s planned grade reconfiguration changes, Oxford Elementary School will house students in first and second grade. Currently, second and third graders attend school on the campus located off Highway 30 in Oxford under LaTonya Robinson’s educational leadership as principal. Robinson was named Della Davidson Elementary School Principal for the 2014-2015 school year when current Della Davidson Elementary School Principal Dr. Martha McLarty announced news of her May 2014 retirement earlier this school year.
– Information courtesy of the Oxford School District.
– Video produced and provided by Kendyl Noon and Jennifer Ryan, broadcast journalism students in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.