Meet our Superintendent, Ernest E. Garrett III

Superintendent Ernest E. Garrett III Ernest E. Garrett III, Ph.D. Candidate, is the first African-American and Deaf superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf since the school was established by an act of the Missouri Legislature in 1851. A former president of the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (NBDA), Mr. Garrett is a recipient of the "Advocate of the Year Award" from NBDA (2009) and the "Lasting Impression Award" from Special School District of St. Louis County (2011). He was previously employed as the Executive Director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2011-2014) and was appointed and commissioned as a member of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon on October 8, 2015.

Mr. Garrett received an Associate of Arts degree (general studies) and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees (history and professional/technical writing) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He went on to earn an advanced academic degree in administration & supervision (MS) and an advanced professional degree in social work (MSW), with a school social work specialization, both from Gallaudet University. He has completed all of the coursework requirements – except the dissertation – for the Ph.D. in Management from Walden University, with a specialization in leadership and organizational change. The topic of his dissertation is “A Phenomenological Study Examining Business Practices for Hiring Qualified Leaders with Disabilities.”
Mr. Garrett is licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in Missouri and Wisconsin and as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the District of Columbia. He is a certified school social work specialist, certified advanced social work case manager, certified children, youth, and family social worker, and admitted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Mr. Garrett is a lifetime member of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Also, he holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, the School Social Work Association of America, and the Academy of Management. He is active in the Jefferson City business community where he is a small business owner and a member of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.