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    It was Magnolia Speech School that shepherded us through the process of teaching Kelsey to hear, to listen and to speak. Today, Kelsey is eight years old. She is mainstreamed in the third grade at St. Andrews Episcopal School where she is doing really well. She is an active gymnast who successfully competes throughout the state. And there is rarely a day that goes by that Kelsey does not sing, her music filling our house and our hearts.

    Rick & Kim Burke, parents of Kelsey Burke


    Demarrius was evaluated at the age of three because he lacked communication skills. His hearing skills were fine, but he had limited vocabulary skills. Because of his inability to communicate, he would often have tantrums.

    Demarrius began attending Magnolia in August 2008. Four months into the program, he had obtained adequate communication skills. He was able to communicate with anyone on a social basis.

    We are very proud of the progress that Demarrius has made, and we owe it all to God and the wonderful, supportive staff at Magnolia Speech School. Thank You!

    Linda Boyd, grandmother of Demarrius Boyd


    The teachers and staff were wonderful, caring people who Reed absolutely adored. We cannot thank them enough for the love and dedication they displayed in bringing out the best in Reed. The only thing we regret is not enrolling him at Magnolia sooner! Magnolia Speech School is a very special place where amazing work goes on and miracles happen every day. THANK YOU!!!

    Russell & Stacey Wilcox, parents of Reed Wilcox, Magnolia Alumnus


    Magnolia set Rebekah up on an individualized instructional plan in her classroom with clinical support. She immediately started learning and went from being a very shy, inward child to an outgoing, happy child. MSS has been able to improve her communication skills so that now she expresses with confidence all of the smart, beautiful ideas and thoughts she has inside. We are hopeful that she will be able to successfully mainstream into a typical classroom setting in the near future!

    Tricia Haynes, mother of Rebekah Whitten


    Upon our first tour; we were so positive and ecstatic because we knew Magnolia was the blessing we had been praying for. Within her first semester, we noticed she was trying to say more words, because mommy and daddy were the only words she could say. Now Jashyia is in her second semester and it's amazing how well she can say verbs, identify sounds, and the list goes on. Exceptional results from an excellent staff of great teachers and employees. We recommend Magnolia Speech School to anyone that has hope for their child. The teachers are very hands-on and love every last one of them the same. We are so blessed to have this school in our corner to help with this stage of our daughter's life. We are grateful to all the Magnolia staff for helping with Jashyia.

    Johnathan Morris, father of Jashyia Morris


    Magnolia truly altered the course of Will's life, teaching him to speak one sound, one syllable, one word and then one sentence at a time. While the journey was not always easy, our family will forever be indebted to the staff and teachers of Magnolia Speech School. Somewhere along Will's path to healing, they crossed over from being teachers to being members of our family. We are forever grateful for their wisdom, support and love.

    Kirk Scoggins, father of Will Scoggins, Magnolia Alumnus


    After several specialists and endless results, we were referred to Magnolia Speech School. Upon the first tour, we knew this would be the perfect environment for Anthony – a school dedicated to speech performance and a friendly staff willing to help children in need! Magnolia Speech School has changed our lives in the most inspiring way. Family members and friends who remember the small boy who was quiet are now in awe when they see him. He is now exploding with words and even talking in complete sentences. We thank Magnolia for their dedication and willingness to ensure the birth right of every child... speech.

    Anthony and Kim Bradford, parents of Anthony Bradford


    Our experience in building relationships with the staff at MSS has been overwhelmingly positive. All of the staff members have proven to be committed to investing in the lives of our family. They have helped ensure that both of our daughters meet their full potential and gain their independence through the joy of learning listening and spoken language.

    MSS truly understands the dedication it takes on everyone’s part for a deaf child to learn to listen and talk. Thank you MSS for giving our daughters the freedom to succeed in the endless possibilities that God has prepared for them. We will be talking about the extraordinary, life-changing memories and miracles we have witnessed at MSS for years to come!

    John & Shelia Cargile, parents of Audrey Cargile

About Us


What is Magnolia Speech School’s mission statement?

The mission of Magnolia Speech School is to enable all children with communicative disorders to reach their full potential through spoken language and literacy.

Is Magnolia Speech School accredited?

Magnolia Speech School is fully accredited by AdvancED (formerly SACS) and the Mississippi State Department of Education for grades K-8. Magnolia Speech School is a member of OPTION Schools, INC., an international organization of private schools teaching listening and spoken language skills to children with hearing loss. Magnolia Speech School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age or disabilities or act unlawfully in the adminstration of their educational policies, scholarship or admission.

What is the cost of tuition?

Magnolia Speech School operates as a non-public, special purpose, non-profit school. The annual value of the education each child receives at Magnolia Speech School is $30,000.00. However, tuition is charged for enrollment on a case by case basis. These individualized tuition amounts are determined by the family’s most recent tax returns (1040 form).

The current range for the family portion of tuition is $550.00 – $850.00 per month. Additional monies for tuition are supported by private donors and corporations.

What are the hours of the school day?

Instructional hours are 8:15 – 3:00. The Magnolia Speech School year calendar runs August through June. Holidays coincide with other local public and private schools.

Is child care available for before and after school?

Child care is available from 7:15 - 8:00 in the morning and from 3:15 – 4:30 in the afternoon. There is an additional charge of $6.00 per hour or $1.50 per 15 minute increment for this service. This fee is included on monthly billings.

What type of learning issues are addressed at Magnolia Speech School?

Students enrolled at Magnolia Speech School typically have been diagnosed with hearing loss or some type of language based disorder such as receptive and/or expressive language disorder, speech (articulation) disorders, apraxia, dyslexia, etc. The students with language based disorders use the Association Method, a multisensory approach that addresses language, speech, reading and writing at the same time. The Association Method begins with single sounds (phonemes) and builds language to a conversational level with complex sentences and asking/answering questions.

Are there other supplemental services at Magnolia Speech School?

Certified and licensed pediatric audiologists, an occupational therapist, and speech/language pathologists are a vital part of our staff. Each provides a specific area of service according to the needs of each child. In addition, all students attend music and go to the library weekly.

How long should I expect my child to be enrolled at Magnolia Speech School?

While the average enrollment time is 2-5 years, each student at Magnolia Speech School is viewed as a unique individual, so enrollment length varies with each child.

What is the process for transition into a regular classroom?

All students enrolled at Magnolia Speech School are given a formal battery of standardized tests each spring to measure annual progress. These evaluations look at receptive and expressive language, receptive and expressive vocabulary, articulation, and academic skills. Parents, supervisors and teachers meet together to review the measured progress and make recommendations for entry into mainstream classes. Magnolia Speech School staff is available to provide ongoing support to students and families as needed.


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Magnolia Speech School is a non-public, special purpose, non-profit school, accredited by both the Mississippi State Department of Education (K to 8th grade) and by AdvancED. (formerly SACS) Magnolia Speech School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age or disabilities or act unlawfully in the administration of their educational policies, scholarship or admission.  We offer the following services:

  • Auditory/Oral Classrooms for pre-school and elementary-age hearing-impaired children
  • Association Method classrooms for pre-school and elementary-age language-disordered children which include behavior management, language stimulation, and sensory integration
  • A community outreach Parent-Infant Program for hearing-impaired children, ages 0-36 months
  • Audiological Services including hearing evaluations, cochlear implant rehabilitation, auditory training, hearing aid dispensing/maintenance, and central auditory processing assessment
  • Parent education/orientation
  • In-house and out-patient individual speech and language therapy
  • Magnolia Speech School Curriculum, including over 2,000 skills in the areas of: audition, receptive language, expressive language, speech, reading, math, sound studies, science, association method, fine motor, gross motor, and social interaction
  • Evaluations/assessments in the area of hearing, auditory processing, speech, language, and academics

Our Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission Statement
Magnolia Speech School exists to enable children with communication disorders to develop their full potential through spoken language and literacy.

Magnolia Speech School is a non-public, special purpose, non-profit school and is a proven leader in providing progressive, personalized education to students who need assistance with communicative skills.

Our Philosophy
It is the belief of Magnolia Speech School that barriers imposed by deafness and language impairments can frequently be overcome through early identification and intervention. It is believed these children need a specialized, self-contained classroom now in order to learn the language necessary to function in other academic settings later. These children must receive as much individualized instruction as possible, as well as full parental support and involvement. Parents and staff must work as a team with mutual trust and respect in order for the child to succeed.

Magnolia Speech School treats the whole child by promoting success in learning, social interaction, emotional stability, and intellectual and physical development while emphasizing the concept of being a worthwhile individual. The educational program for each child is individually designed and emphasizes the development of communicative, cognitive, and social skills, which will facilitate the child's integration into society. The staff is dedicated to the promotion of a positive attitude toward learning through positive reinforcement and encouragement. It is the school's ultimate goal for students to complete this program ready to enter other educational programs appropriate to their educational needs. At Magnolia Speech School, we believe speech and oral language are every child's birthright. We feel if it is possible for a child to develop oral communication skills, he should be given the opportunity.

Our History

In the early 1950's, a group of parents of hearing-impaired children in Jackson, Mississippi, began to search for a means to teach their children to talk. These parents struggled with problems of financial support, facilities, and teacher capabilities. In September 1956, Magnolia Speech School, Inc., was chartered with Mrs. Elizabeth S. Matthews as its director. Under her very capable leadership, the school provided training to hearing-impaired and language-impaired children for over 18 years. The school grew from a single class of seven to several classes, outgrowing facilities one after the other.

During these early years, Mrs. Matthews began to notice a few of the hearing-impaired children were having difficulties with memory and seemed to learn differently from the others. Through this very important distinction, the school's program for language-disordered children was born. Mrs. Matthews had studied with Mildred McGiniss to learn the Association Method. After continued success using this method, Magnolia began to document and refine a cohesive program based on this methodology.

Within a few years the school gained full accreditation by the State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Shortly thereafter, an emphasis was placed on expansion of services into new and innovative areas, such as audiological services, a hearing aid bank, financial aid for low-income families, and an early intervention program.

In June, 1994, Anne Sullivan, M.Ed., CED, became the executive director of Magnolia Speech School.  Ms. Sullivan, with certification in both Hearing Impaired and Speech/Language, had previously spent 14 years at Magnolia where she began as a student teacher and rose to the rank of assistant director.  Ms. Sullivan retired in 2012.

Prior to becoming executive director of Magnolia Speech School, Valerie G. Linn, M.S. in Communicative Disorders/Speech Pathology, was the executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Jackson. She served in various capacities, including clinic director and senior speech/langauge pathologist, at the Mississippi Society for Disabilities (formerly MS. Easter Seal Society), and as a speech/language pathologist at the Children's Rehabilitation Center, Willowood Developmental Center and in county school districts.

Today, Magnolia Speech School continues its tradition of incorporating the latest information and technology to help our students succeed in the mainstream. Magnolia Sppech School joins other "Option" auditory/oral programs nationwide in serving children with cochlear implants. In addition, we are one of this country's pioneer programs in coupling sensory integration and classroom instruction. A revised, updated, and unique "Magnolia Speech School Curriculum" is now the foundation for our instruction, provided by skilled teachers and support staff in small groups and in individual therapy.


The educational program at Magnolia Sppech School is offered for 11 months of the calendar year.  Intensive, aggressive small group therapy/instruction in listening and spoken language is available 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., five days a week.  Language activities and academic instruction are offered in the classroom and supported by pullout therapy/services in auditory training, speech and occupational therapy as needed.  Music classes are provided to every child.

Instruction for each student is determined by his/her Individual Education Plan or Service Plan, which includes specific goals from the Magnolia Speech School Checklist of Skills.  Subject areas include:

  • Audition
  • Receptive Language
  • Expressive Language
  • Auditory Processing
  • Speech
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Association Method
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Social Interaction

Magnolia Speech School's Curriculum is based on a checklist of over 3,000 skills and includes measurable criteria and suggested teaching activities for each skill.

Instructional techniques at Magnolia Speech School include language activities that require active learning.  Staff members model, shape, and expand spoken language during the entire school day (in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the library, on field trips, etc.). Students learn that with speech they can control their environment and be successful.  Student progress is monitored by annual standardized assessment, criteria-referenced testing, and ongoing language sampling and analysis.

Association Method Instruction for Language Disorders

The instructional system for children with language disorders at Magnolia Speech School is based on the Mildred McGinnis Association Method of teaching spoken language. This program came about when Mrs. Matthews, founder of the school, noticed two of her first seven students at the school (all hearing-impaired) had difficulties with memory. She found that the Association Method helped build the students’ memory, which is necessary for both spoken language and reading comprehension. The Association Method is consistent and structured, incorporating repetitive drills to build core skills in attention, retention, and recall. With over 50 years of planning and refining behind it at Magnolia Speech School, this method has been molded into a very specialized curriculum that has met with continued success for children with language disorders.

Every Magnolia Speech School student has an Individual Education Plan or Service Plan that outlines goals in appropriate subject areas. Our professionals work with students on a daily basis to address delays in sensory integration, cognition, activities of daily living, and gross motor/fine motor skills.

Every student participates in music classe.  Audiological services (addressing auditory processing) and speech therapy are provided to the students as needed. Dyslexia therapy is provided for students with phonological processing disorders. By using the Alphabet Phonics approach, the student is able to improve his/her reading fluency and comprehension strategies.

Every aspect of The Association Method is designed to help children overcome their communication obstacles and transition into mainstream educational programming.

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Early Intervention

If hearing is not used at an early age as the first means of understanding, a child's ability to use that sense deteriorates. The Early Intervention Program at Magnolia Speech School is available to children with hearing loss ages birth to three years old. Our goal is to begin working with children as soon as possible to begin to give them the tools and services they need to hear and speak fluently.

Parents who suspect a hearing loss in their children should not hesitate to consult with Magnolia Speech School. In our diagnostic evaluation center, we offer evaluations for hearing loss by a licensed, certified audiologist. Our audiologist is also a hearing aid specialist who can dispense hearing aids for children and adults. If the need for an implant is indicated, an appropriate referral is made.

In addition to complete audiological services, a certified speech pathologist performs a complete speech/language evaluation, which includes any combination of oral/facial exams, articulation testing, receptive and expressive language testing, and assessment of voice and fluency. The testing team and other Magnolia Speech School staff administer developmental, psychological, achievement, and other testing instruments as needed.

The following programs are also offered by our school to support children from birth to three years:

  • Parent/Infant Program
  • Center-Based Classroom Program

Parent/Infant Program
When the Mississippi Legislature mandated newborn hearing screening in 1996, the Mississippi Department of Health contracted with Magnolia Speech School to provide an Auditory/Oral communication option to families statewide. Services are offered to babies who have hearing loss from birth to age three through both home-based and center-based settings. Through the home-based program, certified and licensed Magnolia Speech School personnel offer emotional support to families while providing information and home activities that enable families to stimulate auditory and oral language development.  A full range of audiological services is also provided by the pediatric audiologist to insure that the child is fitted with the most current and effective listening device.

Center-Based Classroom Program
Many children transition from the Parent/Infant home-based program into the Early Intervention Classroom Program at the school.  These classes, taught by licensed Teachers of the Deaf, consist of up to five children with hearing loss and one typically developing child who serves as a language model. Trained assistants work in each class, so the teacher-to-child ratio is one to three.  In addition, all audiological needs are met at the school, along with individual speech therapy, auditory training, and occupational therapy as needed.  All students also attend language-based music classes. Parents continue their involvement through individual meetings with teachers, group meetings, classroom observation, and home activities supplied by the teacher.

For more information on the Early Intervention program, call (601)922-5530.

The Hackett-Bower Clinic

The Hackett Bower Clinic at Magnolia Speech School offers clinical services on an outpatient basis. Children with moderate disorders and those who are on the waiting list for our full-time program are eligible for these services. We offer one-on-one therapy in auditory training, speech/language instruction, and academic tutoring.

Following services of the Hackett-Bower Clinic:

  • Speech-Language Services
  • Audiology Services

Speech-Language Services
Speech-Language services are provided by licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists using traditional approaches and/or the Association Method. The Clinic provides evaluation of speech, language, reading, and academic skills and offers therapy for children experiencing:

  • Difficulty with speech sounds
  • Language delays and disorders
  • Reading problems such as dyslexia
  • Speech, language and learning problems associated with neurological disorders

Audiology Services
Magnolia Speech School's pediatric audiologist provides daily monitoring, maintenance, and repairs to all amplification devices, routine tympanometry, a complete loaner aid program, and weekly individual auditory training for our hearing-impaired students. Cochlear implant habilitation and rehabilitation is provided for our students on an individual, weekly basis, and mapping of implants is done onsite.

Audiological services are also offered to the public through Magnolia Speech School's Hearing Clinic. Through the clinic we offer hearing evaluations, hearing aid dispensing, monitoring, repairs and maintenance services. We also provide outpatient cochlear implant habilitation and rehabilitation for children and adults.

As it is a clinic, and not part of the school program, The Hackett-Bower Clinic at Magnolia Speech School requires payment at the time of service. For more information regarding the clinic’s services, fees or to schedule an evaluation for your child, please contact Nancy Davis at (601)922-5530 or nancy.davis@magnoliaspeechschool.org.

Hearing Impaired

At Magnolia Speech School, we believe that the barriers imposed by deafness can usually be overcome through early identification and appropriate intervention. Our method is to treat the whole child by promoting success in learning, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development while emphasizing the concept of being a worthwhile individual. The educational program for each child is individually designed and emphasizes the development of communicative, cognitive and social skills, which will facilitate the child's integration into society.

Because it is the ultimate goal of the school for children to complete this program ready to enter the mainstream of education, Magnolia Speech School has structured its educational program around the three stages of the student's needs:

  • The Parent/Infant Program is designed to start the child's journey by educating the family regarding the needs that are unique to hearing impairment and coaching those family members in strategies designed to meet those needs.
  • The Self-Contained Classroom is a place in which a well-trained oral educator is in charge of the day-to-day instruction in a setting promoting intensive, individual attention.
  • The Mainstream Program is a crucial part of our program, as Magnolia's staff continues to serve students on an outpatient basis as the students integrate into mainstream educational programming.

Parent/Infant Program
Parents play a crucial role in the development of their children. When a hearing loss is diagnosed and aids are fitted, the educational process begins for both the parent and the child. Magnolia Speech School's Parent/Infant Program is partially funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health in compliance with Mississippi's Universal Hearing Screening law. To date, approximately 52 of the state's hospitals are screening the hearing of newborns. This support is allowing Magnolia Speech School to offer our Parent/Infant Program free to all parents of hearing-impaired children birth to three years.

A trained parent advisor makes routine visits to families' homes and day care centers. School-based sessions are scheduled as well. Parents and other family members learn about hearing loss, hearing aid management, auditory awareness, and ways to stimulate age-appropriate play and language. Our pediatric audiologist works closely with the families and children to ensure optimal aided benefit is being provided at all times. The audiologist also helps to determine cochlear implant candidacy of the children, and counsels the families who are making the decision about implantation.

The Self-Contained Classroom 
Magnolia Speech School’s Self-Contained Classrooms for Children with Hearing Loss offer auditory/oral instruction to hearing-impaired children ages 18 months through 14 years. We provide a small teacher-student ratio (1 teacher to 5 students). All of our teachers are certified Teachers of the Deaf and continue to receive training in auditory/oral teaching methods through in-services, conferences, and visits to other OPTION schools.

The 11-month educational program at Magnolia offers intensive small group therapy/instruction five days a week. Language and academic instruction are offered in the classroom and supported by pullout therapy/services in auditory training, speech, and occupational therapy as needed.

Each classroom has a maximum of six hearing-impaired students. Often, a typically hearing child is also in the classroom as part of a reverse mainstream program. With a low teacher/pupil ratio, each child has a better opportunity to receive individualized instruction. The Magnolia Speech School curriculum is used to set goals and monitor progress for each child. The student's instructional day includes instruction in the areas of audition, receptive language, expressive language, speech, reading, math, social studies, science, social interaction, and gross and fine motor skills if needed. The children are in an auditory/oral environment for the entire school day.

Using active learning and language-based instruction, teachers model language within each activity. After the child learns to imitate the model, the teacher shapes and expands what the student has offered. Auditory trainers are used in the classroom so the students will receive better quality sound. Teaching the children to listen and process what they are hearing is central to classroom instruction. A "listening attitude" is developed as each hearing-impaired student at Magnolia is surrounded by sound and bathed in language until typical oral skills emerge.

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Our chief goal at Magnolia Speech School is to integrate our hearing-impaired students into their own communities as early and easily as possible. When a student is ready to mainstream, our teachers and staff help the parents make preparations for the child to merge successfully into the community.

Parents and teachers work closely together to provide workshops and in-services to schools, day care centers, and other family members so everyone is prepared and comfortable.

Our mainstream support services include monthly on-site school visits by the hearing-impaired teacher, consultations with therapists, and in-services to school personnel. Our teachers work closely with the student's mainstream teachers to ensure a smooth, successful transition. The Hackett-Bower Clinic offers weekly speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, audiological services, cochlear implant rehabilitation therapy, and tutoring as needed.

For more information, please contact the school at 601.922.5530.

Language Disorders Department

Magnolia Speech School’s Language Disorders Department is designed to help children with neurologically based language disorders. These disorders affect children in various ways and at various levels, but all keep the children from enjoying all that life has to offer because they make communication difficult.

Some of the disorders we work with include:

  • Apraxia – a severe communication disorder involving a breakdown in the motor planning for speech
  • Aphasia - typically refers to a damaged portion of the brain involving memory recall
  • Attention Deficit Disorder – in some cases, a communication disorder due to the inability to focus on learning language patterns appropriately
  • Dyslexia – a neurological problem involving the ordering of words and phrases
  • Audiological Processing Disorders – involving the processing of information as it is gathered by the ear
  • Autism – a disorder marked by not connecting with the world and sensory challenges

Speech disorders are both difficult to diagnose and difficult to overcome under any one program. The one thing all of these language disorders have in common is that they are based in the brain - they occur due to a breakdown in the neurological processing.

Magnolia Speech School successfully works with children to help them learn to communicate effectively. Our method is to treat the whole child by using Mildred McGinnis’ Association Method, a multi-sensory, phonics-based method of teaching oral and written language simultaneously. Learn more about the Association Method here.

At Magnolia Speech School, we treat the whole child by promoting success in educational, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development while emphasizing the concept of being a worthwhile individual. The educational program for each child is individually designed and emphasizes the development of communicative, cognitive, and social skills, which will facilitate the child's integration into society. The staff is dedicated to the promotion of a positive attitude toward learning through positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Because it is the ultimate goal of the school for children to complete this program ready to enter the mainstream of education, Magnolia Speech School has structured its Language Disordered Program into two stages:

  • The Self-Contained Classroom
  • The Mainstream Program

The Self-Contained Classroom
In Magnolia Speech School’s Self-Contained Classrooms, a well-trained oral educator, certified in speech/language, is in charge of the day-to-day instruction in a setting that promotes intensive, individual attention. Classroom instruction centers on Magnolia Speech School's unique curriculum that includes the subjects of receptive language, expressive language, speech, reading, math, social studies, science, and fine and gross motor skills. This curriculum is used to target individual goals, track progress, and schedule daily activities. These classrooms are supported by a variety of specialists including an audiologist, music teacher, speech pathologist and an occupational therapist. The instruction is guided by Magnolia Speech School's own curriculum, which includes 10 subject areas.

The Mainstream Program
The goal of Magnolia Speech School’s Mainstream Program is to integrate children into mainstream education within five years, though it does vary with each child. We offer a transitional classroom that helps orient the children to the different demands of a mainstream classroom. We also help parents by working with the mainstream school to help select the best available teacher and classroom setting for the child's first year away from Magnolia Speech School. Magnolia Speech School's staff members continue to serve students through consultation, in-service, problem solving, outpatient speech and tutoring as long as there is need.

For more information on this program, please contact Nancy Davis, department supervisor, by email at nancy.davis@magnoliaspeechschool.org



Magnolia Speech School is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of professionals in the community who volunteer their time, efforts and resources to the program. Magnolia Speech School's chief administrative officer is its executive director. Magnolia Speech School encompasses a development office and business office. Currently, the school administers its services at the main campus, physically located at 733 Flag Chapel Road in Jackson, Mississippi.


Administrative Staff


Valerie Linn, CCC-SLP
Executive Director


Beverly Cunningham, Office Manager



LeAnne McGinty, Support Specialist




Board of Directors

Board of Directors


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Board of Directors

Marsha Barbour, Former First Lady
Brooks Buchanan, CSpire

Kim Burke,Milsaps.edu

Jim Burkes

Donna Kaye Byrd, Interior Design & Consultation
Liz Carroll, Carroll Communications
Noel Daniels, Freedom Auto
John Daughtry, Scottish Rite
Ted Dearman, Dearman Services, Inc.
La'Verne Edney, Baker, Donelson Law Offices
Kurt Forster
Anita Gowin, Ph.D.
Jennifer Wilson Hall, MS. Manufactured Housing Assoc.
Jane Hederman

Charles Jackson
Donna Matthews
, AT&T Southeast 
Jimmy Robertson
Marcy Thoms Scoggins
Mitch Stringer

Lamar Weems, M.D. 
Walter Weems, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes
Jean Williams
Thomas Woods, Trustmark

Current News

Current Events


Magnolia Speech School 20th Annual Golf Classic

Join us for the 20th Annual Magnolia Speech School Golf Classic on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Annandale Golf Club.  For more information contact LeAnne McGinty at (601) 922-5530 or at leanne.mcginty@magnoliaspeechschool.org.


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Ways To Help


From humble beginnings as a home-based school for local deaf children, Magnolia Speech School has grown to be one of the pre-eminent programs in the Southeast for all types of communication disorders. Our largest source of funding is through philanthropic organizations such as Kiwanas, Rotary, Scottish Rite Bodies, United Way and various other individual and corporate donors.  Approximately one-quarter of our funding comes from tuition charges.

Without the support of corporations, foundations, individuals, social organizations, and the community at large, Magnolia Speech School would not be able to continue our mission of ensuring that all children reach their full potential through spoken language and literacy in mainstream society. The needs are great, as we maintain on ongoing waiting list of children from all parts of the country who are searching for quality programming for their special needs. There are many ways to get involved, and any efforts are greatly appreciated. 
We realize the economy is down and everyone is busy with their own lives, but we appreciate any and all gifts. If you would like to help Magnolia Speech School in its continued mission, please contact the school at (601) 922-5530.


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Types of Giving

There are many specific ways you can give to Magnolia Speech School. Please read on for more information about the types of financial assistance you or your organization could provide.

  • Scholarship Fund – These gifts help offset the actual operating costs incurred for each child as well as the sliding scale tuition that helps all children afford our program. Magnolia Speech School has always served a diverse population – racially, culturally, and economically. Our cost per child is $30,000 annually.  The average Magnolia Speech School parent pays $550 monthly (or 25% of the total cost) and tuition is divided by 12 months.  Therefore, we supplement approximately 75% of each childs tuition.  This challenges Magnolia Speech School to raise $2,083,546 in scholarships annually.

  • Sponsoring Teachers/Classrooms - Our most urgent need for increased funding is to move salaries into a competitive range. Though our specialized, skilled staff feel “called “ to this work, it is only reasonable to offer them, at the very least, salaries in the range of those in the public schools in Mississippi.

  • Capital Improvements - These are one-time costs that help us to maintain a safe and comfortable learning environment. Our building use is at capacity. The types of projects listed in this category include basic expansion efforts to meet known demand, as well as regular building/grounds maintenance needs. Examples of needs include: carpet throughout the building and adding basic storage space by putting in an attic floor or a portable building.

  • Endowment Fund - While we do have a small endowment fund started, it has become apparent we need to build the principal on this fund to ensure the school’s future, to continue quality programming and provide services for more children


20th Annual Golf Classic - Annandale Golf Club

Join us for Magnolia's Golf Classic on May 9, 2016, at Annandale Golf Club. This annual four-person scramble is always a fun event and helps to raise funds for scholarships for our students.

Registration, lunch, and practice begin at 11:00 am, with the scramble starting at 12:30. The $200 entry fee includes the range, cart, and green fees; lunch, snacks, and beverages; and a gift bag for each golfer. First and second place prizes will be awarded for each flight, as well as prizes for hole-in-ones and a chance to win a car!

Sponsorships are available. To learn more about sponsoring or participating in the Golf Classic, call LeAnne McGinty at 601.922.5530 or e-mail at leanne.mcginty@magnoliaspeechschool.org




BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR - $2,000 (Limited to two)








Capital Campaign

Magnolia Speech School is continuously reaching out to secure resources needed to expand our services and serve more children with the quality instruction we offer in the classroom and out-patient services in our Hackett-Bower Clinic.

Clinic Equipment – The clinic must have furnishings, therapy equipment, audio/visual equipment and computers to conduct the therapy sessions. This includes a hearing aid analyzer to be used to program students’ hearing aids to new standards.

Building Repairs and Renovation – To create a brighter, safer environment for our students, we need to repair foundation problems and add additional bathrooms between classrooms for very young children, and replace the carpet in our library and classrooms.

Capacity Needs – As we expand our services and serve more children, we will need to attract new, qualified teachers and support staff, increase professional development opportunities, and ensure they have access to the latest research, technology and information in the field of communication disorders.

Gifts to Magnolia Speech School are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law, as no goods or
services are provided in consideration of a gift. Please send your donation to:

Magnolia Speech School
733 Flag Chapel Road
Jackson, MS 39209

Please contact the school at 601.922.5530.


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The Magnolia Speech School PTO is an active organization that exists to support the school and its programs. All parents are encouraged to be involved in PTO fundraisers such as Kroger and Target School Reward Bucks Programs, raffles, Innisbrook sales, sale of our signature Magnolia materials such as t-shirts/sweatshirts and Christmas ornaments.  The organization contributes a significant amount annually to support Magnolia Speech School and often purchases needed instructional materials for our classrooms.  Additionally, the PTO celebrates "Teacher Appreciation Week" by serving the staff a scrumptious lunch!! Look forward to all Fall Festival activities in October 2015 to be organized and implemented by this hard-working, ambitious group of parents.

PTO Annual Dues - $20/checks made payable to Magnolia Speech School PTO



President – Shannon Miller

Treasurer - Olivia Cole

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Magnolia Speech School
733 Flag Chapel Road
Jackson, MS 39209

601-922-5530     PHONE
601-922-5534     FAX

Valerie Linn, CCC-SLP, Executive Director


Nancy Davis, Department Supervisor


Beverly Cunningham, Office Manager





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Magnolia Speech School exists to enable children with communication disorders to reach their full potential by providing them with listening, speaking, and literacy skills. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin.