2021 New Years Message
Dear OSSB and OSD Communities,
Happy New Year to our OSD and OSSB communities! We leave behind what may have been the most challenging year in our lifetime. We worked together to adapt and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. We responded to our students, staff, and community needs with shared procedures and policies to keep everyone as safe as possible while moving our system forward. Our staff showed resilience through such trying times.
I have great faith in what is to come this 2021 year! The conversations I engage in with our OSD and OSSB staff and community are about hope, growth, innovation, and working to make our school environments places that deaf and blind students thrive. Although we may have taken a few punches from the pandemic, we have continued to meet goals. This second semester we will focus strongly on our mission statements and our strategic plan goals. We will concentrate on accomplishing the goals we set forth to make our school environments such that districts and families across Ohio will want to partner with us and other deaf and blind schools across the nation will want to know our secrets for success.
On a personal note, the year 2020 brought our first Buckeye grandchild, Lily Anna was born on December 7th. Our roots are starting to grow in Ohio, and we are better for it. I hope you are reenergized from a restful holiday and looking forward to as much as I am...a successful second semester at OSSB and OSD.
About Dr. Loujeania (Lou) Maynus
Dr. Loujeania (Lou) Maynus possesses a strong background in education resulting from her extensive studies and work experience in the field. Dr. Maynus was selected to be the Superintendent at OSD and began her time on campus in July 2018. She was also named the Interim Superintendent at OSSB and later made the OSSB Superintendent, leading both schools since Fall 2019.
Prior to coming to OSD and OSSB, Dr. Maynus was the Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Teaching and Learning at the West Virginia Department of Education. She also worked in several positions at Kanawha County Schools and Marshall University, as well as the West Virginia Department of Education as Coordinator and then Lead Coordinator in the Office of Instruction and as a Coordinator in the Office of School Improvement. From 1984-1998 she worked as a Teacher of the Deaf and the Case Manager for Special Education at Fayette County Schools.
Dr. Maynus earned a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and an Education Specialist in Leadership Studies both from Marshall University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Marshall University, a Master of Science in Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Concord College. Among her honors and awards are the RESA IV Carla Sweet Special Educator of the Year in 1998 and the West Virginia Presidential Award for Math and Science in 2005.