Tess S. O'Keefe Lawrence, Ed.S., NBCT
Mrs. Tess O'Keefe Lawrence has brought over 20 years of successful teaching experience to the Gulfport School District and served in the position of assistant principal of Gulfport High School for five years. As the instructional leader of Bayou View Elementary School, she strives to improve and to refine the curriculum and teaching practices to benefit the youth of the Gulfport School District. This year marks her 26th year in education and is her fourth year as the instructional leader of BVE. She remains Gulfport Strong and is Viking Proud!
Mrs. Lawrence earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of South Alabama in 1990 in English and Psychology and received her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. Mrs. Lawrence also earned her Specialist in Education degree in Educational Leadership in 2007 from The University of Southern Mississippi and has taken courses towards her Ph.D. in Educational Administration. In 1999, Mrs. Lawrence attained her National Board Certification in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts, a credential she renewed in 2009. She served as a National Board assessor and was the former Director of the Master Teacher Mentoring Project for the Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium. She is committed to the district's mission in "inspiring each student to become a problem solver, life long learner, and productive member of society." Mrs. Lawrence successfully completed the NISL Executive Development Program in 2018 and is pursuing Distinguished Principal credentialing through NISL.
Tess O'Keefe Lawrence is married to Coach Rick Lawrence who is very active in the Gulfport School District. Mr. Lawrence is a retired Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and has dedicated much of his career to educating and training young Marines. They are the proud parents of a five-year-old son.