Superintendent: James E. Tucker
Executive Associate: Dottie Wilson
Secretary: Gay Fout
School Principal: Kevin Strachan
Director of Student Affairs: Jennifer Yost Ortiz
Email: Frederick Campus
Superintendent: James E. Tucker
Assistant Superintendent/Principal: Jennifer Yost Ortiz
Administrative Aide: Samantha Brooks
Secretary: Tracy Peshoff
Email: Columbia Campus
The MSD Advantage...
The MSD Advantage is...
Direct Access to LearningDeaf and hard of hearing students interact with teachers, staff, and peers—all day, every day—in the classroom, at lunch, during sports, on the bus…Learning takes place directly, not through an interpreter.
Full ParticipationStudents actively engage in academic, extracurricular, and social life at MSD. They participate in class, play on sports teams, join cheerleading, act in the school play, write articles for the school magazine, or run for student government. They are individuals, classmates, friends, leaders, followers, team players, and mentors.
Bilingual EducationEvery student benefits from mastering a primary language, which is proven to support academic achievement and success in mastering English. Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and written English is the goal for all MSD graduates. Children who are hard of hearing or have cochlear implants benefit from auditory access to the classroom curriculum via spoken English language instruction.
Individualized EducationAt MSD, IEP is not a room. True Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) are central to an MSD Education and guide every student’s educational path. Each IEP is developed and maintained by a team comprised of MSD teachers, staff, the student, and family members.
Extraordinary SupportMSD implements its fully accredited curriculum in conjunction with a comprehensive range of supportive services and activities. This integrated approach effectively promotes students’ success and ability to achieve their maximum potential.
Caring CommunityAt MSD, children fit in. They aren’t different or the odd one out. Shared language and communication unifies MSD’s diverse community of children and adults who may be Deaf, have residual hearing, wear hearing aids, have cochlear implants, and/or come from different parts of the country and the world. Because students feel part of a secure community, they feel free to be themselves. Students form connections with peers and adults that last a lifetime.
A Tradition of Innovative LeadershipSince 1868, Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) has been at the forefront in shaping educational trends for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth. Today, MSD is internationally acknowledged for educational leadership that embraces innovative instruction and emerging technologies for the benefit of Maryland’s deaf and hard of hearing students.
An MSD Education…
- Is available to deaf and hard of hearing Maryland children from birth to age 21.
- Offers comprehensive educational programs fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Serves children across a broad spectrum of intellectual and physical abilities, including those with mild to severe additional disabilities.
- Provides extraordinary support to children and families.
- Is FREE to Maryland residents. Out-of-state students pay tuition.