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Trosclair makes appointments to three LPSS positions

Posted at 3:09 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 16:09:30-04

LPSS Interim Superintendent, Ms. Irma Trosclair, has made appointments
to three positions in the school system.

Trosclair selected Francis Touchet to serve the district in the newly created position of associate superintendent. Mark Rabalais will take over as chief academic officer, and Jennifer Walet Gardner was selected as chief administrative officer.

More on each appointee is below:

Mr. Touchet earned a Bachelor in Secondary Education degree from the University of Southwestern
Louisiana and his Master’s plus 30 in Education Administration from McNeese State University. He
was a science teacher and football and track coach in Vermilion Parish until 1998 when he became
assistant principal at Abbeville High School. He also served as assistant principal and principal at
Erath High School. In 2012, Mr. Touchet began his tenure with the Louisiana Department of
Education where he worked with over 40 LEA throughout the state on district-wide initiatives. He is
a 2011 Vermilion Parish High School Principal of the Year, member of the Louisiana Association of
Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Louisiana Association of School

Dr. Rabalais earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership
at Northwestern State University. He earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at
UL Lafayette. Dr. Rabalais taught world geography, sociology, freshman transition, and current
events at Pineville High School where he served as the head boys’ and girls’ golf coach and football
offensive line coach. His administrative experience began in Lafayette Parish when he served as an
assistant principal at Ernest Gallet Elementary School, principal of Ridge Elementary School, and
assistant principal of Southside High School. Dr. Rabalais is a National Board Certified Teacher,
2011 PBS Innovative Teacher of the Year, LACUE Region IV Teacher of the Year, and LACUE State
Winner for Secondary School Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Gardner obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a
Master of Education degree from the American College of Education. She is a National Institute for
School Leadership principal graduate. Ms. Gardner was a science teacher at Milton Elementary
School for eight years. She served as a science instructional coach for the district and as an assistant
principal at L. J. Alleman Middle School. Her most recent position was principal at L. J. Alleman
Middle School.