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Hancock County School District Appoints Teresa Merwin as Superintendent

Kiln, MS (May 29, 2021) — The board members of the Hancock County School District (HCSD)
announced today the appointment of Teresa Merwin as the new Superintendent. Merwin is
replacing Alan Dedeaux, who is retiring in June.

“The Hancock County School District has chosen Teresa Merwin to lead the district beginning July 1, 2021,” said Dr. Jennifer Seal, Hancock County School District board president. “We accepted applications from many strong candidates and after interviewing, Mrs. Merwin was selected. Mrs. Merwin has a strong desire to be successful. She has demonstrated this at Thames Elementary School by increasing the school’s accountability rating 114 points, moving it from a 301 to a 415. We are looking forward to her and her family becoming a part of our community as she leads some of the most dedicated administrators and teachers in the state.”

Merwin has over 23 years of experience in public school education and has served as principal of Thames Elementary School in Hattiesburg, MS for the past four years. Her prior experience includes serving as Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Director of Career and
Technical Education, and District Testing Coordinator. During her tenure at Thames, Merwin increased and sustained school performance from a D to a B, led multiple school culture reformations utilizing school data for strategic planning and goal setting.

On accepting the role as Hancock County School District Superintendent, Merwin stated “Hancock is home! I have prepared diligently for this role and I am thankful for the opportunity to once again serve the children of the Hancock County School District.” Merwin is not a newcomer to HCSD. Before going to Thames Elementary School, she served the HCSD as a teacher at Hancock High School and Hancock County Career Technical Center, and served as an Assistant Principal at Hancock North Central Elementary and West Hancock Elementary.

Under Merwin’s leadership at Thames Elementary, the school has been the recipient of several awards including the MAPE Governor’s Award in 2020 and 2021, and the recipient of the MS Association of Partners in Education Governor’s Award.

Merwin is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Technology Education and a Master of Science in Technology Education. She holds a Certificate of Endorsement in Administration and recently completed the Prospective Superintendent Leadership Academy, hosted by MSBA (Mississippi School Boards Association), as part of the 2020-2021 class.

Merwin is set to begin her leadership role with the Hancock County School District on July 1, 2021.

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