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JPPSS Announces Appointment of New Chief Academic Officer and Chief Human Capital Officer

Left: Michelle Blouin- Williams, Chief Academic Officer Right: Mary Garton, Chief Human Capital Officer

Left: Michelle Blouin-Williams, Chief Academic Officer
Right: Mary Garton, Chief Human Capital Officer

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) has announced two key district leadership appointments. Effective today, Michelle Blouin-Williams, formerly the chief human capital officer, will serve as the chief academic officer for JPPSS. Taking her place as chief human capital officer will be Mary Garton, who is currently serving as the chief of staff. The chief of staff position will remain vacant.

“Both Michelle and Mary are outstanding leaders within JPPSS who can continue to move our district forward in the critical areas of academics and human capital,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr.

In her new role, Blouin-Williams will be responsible for all subject content areas and academic programs, overseeing the offices of the chief student support officer, chief networks officer, and compliance. She will report directly to the superintendent and serve as the acting superintendent when necessary.

“Michelle brings many strengths and experiences to this position, most importantly her expertise in teaching, learning, and curriculum,” said Meza. “She served as an exceptional chief human capital officer and will use that experience, along with her many years as an educator within Jefferson Parish, to lead our academic programs to a new level of excellence.”

As the new chief human capital officer, Garton will oversee all human capital management in JPPSS and direct the recruitment, identification, and placement of high-performing individuals in all central office-based and school-based positions. Garton will also serve as the representative of the Jefferson Parish School Board on all district personnel matters.

“Mary has been instrumental in the development and implementation of our district reforms, including our recent reorganization,” said Meza. “She is an outstanding leader who excels at working with employees at all levels of the organization, and I’m confident that she is the right person to continue the transformational human capital work that Michelle accomplished over the past year.”

Blouin-Williams began her career with JPPSS in 1989. She has served in a variety of roles with the district, including as a mathematics teacher, secondary mathematics strategist, secondary mathematics consultant, network executive director, and most recently, chief human capital officer. She holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Xavier University and a master’s degree in the science of teaching mathematics from the University of New Orleans.

Garton began her career in JPPSS twenty years ago as a teacher and has also taught in Iberville and Orleans parishes. After teaching for almost ten years, she served in a number of roles with Teach For America, including institute director, executive director, and director of alumni affairs. Garton holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her master’s in curriculum & instruction and mathematics from the University of New Orleans.