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Message from the Acting Superintendent: February 2015

Twenty-six years ago, I started my teaching career in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) as a junior high school mathematics teacher at Henry Ford. After thirteen years in the classroom, I became the district’s secondary mathematics consultant in 2008, before being promoted to the position of network executive director in 2012. Most recently, on January 29, 2015, I was sworn in as acting superintendent with the unanimous vote from the School Board.

These various roles in the district have helped shape my firm belief that the dedicated employees of JPPSS are what drives our success as a school system. At every level, our employees are truly committed to educating every student that comes through the doors of each Jefferson Parish public school. I’m humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside these outstanding employees each day.

Regardless of position or title, every one of us at JPPSS is committed to impacting the lives of the more than 48,000 students in our district. Our vision is that JPPSS will foster the best-educated generation that the parish has ever seen, and we are committed to raising academic achievement by raising the bar, putting students first, and making faster, wiser decisions that will help our district meet the needs of all students.

I am a strong believer in communication, and I believe the strongest forms of communication are listening, learning, and sincere engagement. Therefore, my first priority in this new role is to listen to and learn from all of the stakeholders of the school system, from our students, parents, and families to teachers, support staff, and community partners. I’ve already started a listening tour at schools to hear about the issues that are most pressing to our students and staff. Over the next few weeks, I will continue these visits throughout the district, engaging in meaningful conversations and listening to their concerns and ideas.

I hope to be able to meet as many stakeholders in person as possible, but I also want to extend an invitation to all of you to share your questions, thoughts, and suggestions by emailing me at superintendent@jppss.k12.la.us. The school system needs your support and your engagement now more than ever. Together, we can continue to make JPPSS schools places where children learn, grow, and thrive.

Michelle Blouin-Williams
Acting Superintendent