Jemicy School Appoints Mamie Heard as Director of Special Projects


Mamie Heard

Jemicy School, which educates above-average to gifted college-bound students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences, is pleased to announce Mamie Heard has been named the school’s new Director of Special Projects.

Heard brings to Jemicy a wealth of experience in the field of education, both nationally (Mississippi, New York, and North Carolina) and internationally (Nicaragua, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Costa Rica, Uzbekistan, and Poland). Most recently, she served as Director of the International School of Krakow in Krakow, Poland from 2011 to 2017.

In her current role as Director of Special Projects, Heard is working with Head of School Ben Shifrin on several short and long term projects focusing on outreach to international schools, faculty and staff.

“In my role as a consultant with the US State Department, Office of Overseas Schools, I recognized the need to support students who learn differently by providing workshops and teacher training,” said Shifrin. “Mamie has the prefect background to assist Jemicy with these projects, and her extensive experience will be an immeasurable asset to our school.”

Throughout her career, Heard has held numerous positions, from history and TOK (Theory of Knowledge) teacher, college counselor, director of admissions, IB coordinator (principal of magnate school) and AP testing coordinator to school director.

Heard earned a bachelor of education degree from Delta State University and a M.Ed. from Mississippi College. She also completed certification in Supervision and Curriculum from the University of North Carolina and University Counseling from UCLA.

About Jemicy School

Jemicy School, founded in 1973, provides a highly individualized, flexible, and challenging education for above-average to gifted college-bound students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences. A recognized leader in the field of education, Jemicy is the first school in the country to be accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. Jemicy educates students between the ages of six and eighteen on two campuses. The Lower and Middle School and the Upper School are each based in Owings Mills, Maryland just a short distance from one another. For more information, please visit

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