Distinguished Northeast Alumni
Class of 1998
After graduating from Northeast High School in 1998, Marsha Dempsey Herron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master of Science degree in Special Education with a concentration in Elementary Education from the City University of New York - College of Staten Island. She also earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma’s doctoral program in Special Education. Dr. Herron has also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow with the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma and recently joined the faculty of Langston University as an Assistant Professor of Special Education.
Dr. Herron’s experiences include working as a special education teacher in under-served communities in Brooklyn, New York, where she filmed a documentary and implemented the first performance-based portfolio evaluation process for students with disabilities in her school. She also works with beginning teachers throughout Oklahoma City to help them establish effective practices in the first few weeks of school. Her research and teaching interests focus on working with both students and teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disorders to produce better life outcomes. Additional areas of interests include self-determination, social justice, school climate, dropout prevention, transition, and universal design for learning.
Dr. Herron’s service extends beyond the university community. She currently serves on the Council for Exceptional Children’s Board of Directors and the Human Relations and Cultural Diversity Committee for the Division of Career Development and Transition. Dr. Herron belongs to the National Black Caucus of Special Educators, the American Psychological Association (APA) and is also an active member of the North Dakota Study Group, an educational advocacy organization. Dr. Herron is also a member of the Sigma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. More recently she became a member of the Girl Scouts of Western America to serve in their “Uniquely Me” self-esteem training program.
Some of her current honors include induction into the Raleigh-Wake Alumni Hall of Fame for Shaw University, selection as the fall convocation speaker for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma, the R. Steven Hsu Special Education Scholarship (2011), Sandra L. O’Brien Special Education Scholarship (2010 and 2011), and the Sooner Scholar Fellowship (2008-2009).
Dr. Herron believes in the power of education as a life-changing tool. Northeast Academy has a rich history of creating, fostering, and contributing to the collective pool of future history makers. I charge any student who is privileged enough to receive their education from NEA to take every opportunity set before you to preserve the rich legacy by adding your name to the list of future history makers.