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Office of the Superintendent

MEET DR. Jennifer Pope

Interim Superintendent of Ocean Springs School District

Dr. Jennifer Pope was appointed Interim Superintendent of the Ocean Springs School District in March of 2023 and has served the Ocean Springs Ocean Springs School District for 25 years.

Dr. Pope began her career in education in 1991 and joined Greyhound Nation as a teacher at Oak Park Elementary in 1998. In 2004, Pope was named Lead Teacher at OPES, and in 2008, was named Assistant Principal. Pope moved into her current position as Principal of OPES in 2011 and has since earned OSSD’s Administrator of the Year Award three times, winning in 2013, 2020, & 2023.

Outside of OSSD, Dr. Pope enjoys spending time with her family, including her children and two grandchildren, as well as going fishing and boating.

Dr. Pope will serve as OSSD's Interim Superintendent until June 30th, at which point she will return to Oak Park Elementary School as Principal, and Mr. Michael Lindsey will begin his tenure as OSSD Superintendent.

Photo of Superintendent Mike Lindsey



Michael Lindsey was appointed Ocean Springs School District’s next superintendent on May 9th, 2023, and will take the helm of leading one of the state’s highest-performing districts on June 1st. Lindsey joins the Greyhound family with over 27 years of experience in Mississippi public education, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent throughout his accomplished career.

Lindsey is currently completing his third year as Assistant Superintendent for Pass Christian School District, where he oversees PCSD’s operations and personnel departments. Prior to Pass Christian, Lindsey was Principal of Gulfport High School for 14 years. During his tenure as the Admirals high school principal, Lindsey was named 2014 Congressional District Administrator of the Year, and 2014 MDE Administrator of the Year for the state of Mississippi. Under his direction, Gulfport High was named as one of the state’s first School of Innovation and was a state leader in developing Career Academies and the Middle College concept. He has also served on MDE’s Accountability Task Force, Rtl Task Force, and Mississippi Commission of School Accreditation. Lindsey’s tenure as GHS principal saw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art high school and career academy for Gulfport students.

Prior to leading Gulfport High School, Lindsey was a science teacher, assistant principal, and successful baseball coach at Gulfport High School and Natchez High School, leading Gulfport to a South State Championship.

Lindsey holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Coaching and Sports Administration and Science Education. Lindsey and his wife of 28 years, Heather, have two children, Sara and Caroline. Sara is a graduate of Ole Miss and works as a U.S. History teacher. Caroline graduates high school this year and plans to attend Pearl River Community College in the fall to play softball. Lindsey has been a resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 22 years and enjoys playing golf and attending sporting events in his free time.