The choice is down to two, and George County will have an opportunity to see and hear those two finalists in the school superintendent search on June 14, at 7 p.m. at the MGCCC George County Campus. Each of the candidates will make the case to the school board and George County citizens why she or he is best qualified to become the next school superintendent.

   Those two are Veronica Landry and  Wade Whitney.

   Veronica Landry is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received her B.S. degree in elementary education in 1990. She completed her M.S. in 1998 with a degree in Library and Information Science.  In 2006, Ms. Landry completed her Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration.

   Landry is a graduate of Northeast Jones High school and began her career as a classroom teacher in the Laurel School District before becoming the District Librarian.  She moved to the coast in 2002 and has spent the last 16 years in the Bay St. Louis – Waveland School District.  While in the BWSD, she served the district in many roles.  A few of which were Federal Programs Director, District Test Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.  

Landry has served on the Mississippi Department of Education’s Accountability Task Force as well as the Federal Program’s application pilot program.  She became Nationally Board Certified in Library Media/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood in 2004.  Ms. Landry has completed the Mississippi School Board Association’s Prospective Superintendent Academy.   

 Landry’s daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters live in San Antonio, Texas where her son-in-law is stationed.  She enjoys working with local animal rescue groups and volunteers with the United Way of South Mississippi.  She enjoys attending Shuckers’ baseball games and spending time with her family and friends.

     Whitney perhaps needs little introduction to many in the county, as he is currently serving his fourth year as the high school principal.

 Wade Whitney Jr. is a graduate of the University of South Alabama.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education in 1989.  His certifications include business and history.  He also completed his Master of Science in 1995 from the University of South Alabama, with a degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision.  

   Prior to becoming the principal of George County High School, Mr. Whitney spent 25 years in the Mobile County (Ala.) Public School System.  While in Mobile, he served the district in a variety of roles:  high school principal, middle school principal, assistant principal, athletic director, head football coach, Title I Facilitator and classroom teacher.

   During his tenure as an administrator in Alabama, Mr. Whitney was identified by the Mobile County Public School System and the Alabama Department of Education as an Alabama Mentor Principal. This distinction allowed him to serve as an official mentor to new principals throughout the state.

   Under his leadership, the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) recognized his schools as a Pacesetter School and a Golden Achievement School.  He was also selected by SREB to serve on their National Administrators Advisory Council.

   Additionally, Whitney has presented at several national conferences on topics such as the implementation of wall-to-wall career academies, administrative mentorship, using data meetings to drive instruction and the role of the administration in developing a school climate of high expectations.  He has also been fortunate enough to be recognized nationally by the National Education Trust and was asked to present in Washington, D.C. on the topic of Positive School Transformation.  Most recently, he was invited to speak at an upcoming national Senior Bowl Leadership Summit sponsored by the Experiential Design Group.

   During his tenure, he has led George County High School to back-to-back “A” rankings.  

   His wife Robin is a retired educator after 25 years, and their daughter Blakeley is currently teaching in the Mountain Brook (Ala.) School District.  The Whitney family enjoys all sports, traveling and attending Auburn football games.

    The school board will make its final selection within weeks of the forum, Henderson added.

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