Dr. Janet Dickinson, Superintendent
Growing up on a Kansas wheat farm, Dr. Dickinson became passionate about teaching at an early age. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She then attended Gallaudet University, where she earned a master’s degree in deaf education. After a career of teaching deaf children in preschool, elementary, middle school and high school, she earned a doctorate in Administration & Policy Studies in Education.
Dr. Dickinson later served as Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, where she gained insight into maximizing the education of Deaf children by closely monitoring progress and maintaining high expectations. Later as Superintendent of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, she led the school in achieving tremendous growth and improved financial stability.
When appointed as Executive Director of New York School for the Deaf (known as Fanwood), Dr. Dickinson became the first woman to lead the School since it’s founding in 1817.Her leadership style was described as one of positive energy and strategic thinking, with a strong focus on high expectations.
Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Dickinson authored the book titled, “Deaf Education in America: Voices of Children from Inclusion Settings”, published by Gallaudet Press. This book provides a detailed examination of the complex issues surrounding the integration of deaf students into the general classroom, urging stakeholders to identify and evaluate the perceived benefits and risks before making placement and implementation decisions – especially with consideration for a language rich learning environment.
Married to John Dickinson, a deaf architect, she states that her proudest moments have been as Mom to their three deaf children.