Press Release: New Directors Announced

New Directors for LSD and LSVI Announced
Posted on 08/02/2023
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New Directors for LSD and LSVI Announced 

BATON ROUGE, LA – New executive directors for the Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD) and for the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired (LSVI) have been announced. Dr. Natalie Delgado will head up the School for the Deaf, and Susan
Covington will lead the School for the Visually Impaired.

“After an exhaustive search, I am excited to announce that we have made a selection for both LSD and LSVI executive directors,” said Louisiana Special School District (LASSD) Superintendent Dr. David Martin. “For several years, LSD and LSVI have been on uncertain paths as changes in leadership left the schools without a clear plan to move forward,” Dr. Martin continued.

Dr. Natalie Delgado, a native of Baton Rouge, currently the statewide Outreach Director of Deaf Education at LSD, said of her appointment, “I am deeply honored to accept the role of Executive Director of Louisiana School for the Deaf. My commitment to our school, staff, families, and community has been unwavering; I am excited to collaborate with our talented team and engage our partners and supporters throughout Louisiana.”

“Dr. Delgado brings a strong understanding of the strengths and challenges facing LSD, and her unique expertise in deaf education will benefit students and families
across Louisiana,” said Dr. Martin.

Innivee Strategies, a deaf-led consulting firm, led the search for the LSD Executive Director, in addition to the search committee, comprising of LASSD staff and alumni.

Susan Covington, a native of Brusly, Louisiana, currently an instructional support strategist for LASSD, believes every student can meet his or her maximum learning potentials when provided with high-quality curriculum, including the Expanded
Core Curriculum. “It is truly an honor being selected the Executive Director for LSVI,” said Covington. “I cannot wait to see all of the students, staff, teachers, and parents, and begin our work together to make this school year (2023-2024) amazing,” Covington continued.

Covington says that LSVI must encourage students to dream big and believe that with hard work, anything is possible.
“I am excited to begin building relationships and partnerships, and creating a positive culture where everyone wants to be a part of the great things happening at LSVI.”

“Susan will be an invaluable part of my executive team here at LASSD. She brings with her seven years of experience at LSVI and believes, as I do, in a strong culture of honesty, transparency, and accountability,” said LASSD Superintendent Dr. David Martin.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to both search committees. They have been dedicated and thorough throughout the process. I would also like to thank the community as a whole for participating in feedback opportunities as we have progressed throughout the searches,” said Dr. Martin.

Finalists for both positions participated in a public forum held at the LASSD offices.

Dr. Delgado and Ms. Covington began their new roles on July 31, 2023.
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