Through a competitive interview process the Michigan Department of
Education, Office of Special Education, is pleased to announce the hiring of
Rex Vernon for the position of principal at the Michigan School for the Deaf
Mr. Vernon was selected after a process that included a public meet and greet
of candidates, a performance demonstration, an evaluation of candidates'
education and experience, and two interview rounds that were open to the
public. Staff, students, parents, alumni and community members had an
opportunity to cast a ballot for their choice of candidate. The interview panel
included members of the MSD staff, administration, alumni, the Gallaudet
University’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, the Michigan
Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Human Resource
Department, and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Division on Deaf,
Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing.
Mr. Vernon has been a teacher at the MSD since 2008. He has a M.A. in
School Principalship and a B.A. in Special Education, Deaf Education. While
at the MSD, Mr. Vernon has served as both an elementary and middle school
teacher. In addition, he has served on curriculum committees, school
improvement teams, and numerous other committees.
Mr. Vernon is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and a Child of Deaf
Adults (CODA). He will officially begin his new position Monday, February 23,
Further information will be sent out with new contact information upon Mr.
Vernon’s transition to his new position.
Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Mr. Vernon as the new
principal for the Michigan School for the Deaf.