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Beth Scioneaux

Acting Louisiana State Superintendent of Education

As of March 12, 2020, Beth Scioneaux, who has served as Deputy Superintendent for Management and Finance since 2007, is also serving as the Acting Louisiana State Superintendent of Education. 


Meet the Louisiana Department of Education

Division Name

Division Leader

Division Function

Academic Strategy

Hannah Dietsch, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Strategy Officer

Provides support for academic strategy, educator recruitment, preparation, certification, and retention

Academic Policy and Early Childhood

Jessica Baghian, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Policy Officer

Provides support for assessment administration, school system and school accountability, humanities, early childhood quality and access, and data collection and safety

Baton Rouge Achievement Zone

Dana Peterson, Assistant

Superintendent and CEO

Provides support for school

turnaround in the Baton Rouge area

Education Finance and Policy

Beth Scioneaux, Deputy Superintendent

Provides support regarding the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) formula and education finance regulations and compliance

Fiscal Operations and Federal Support

Catherine Pozniak, Assistant Superintendent

Provides support for federal programs and grant administration


Ryan Gremillion and Leslie Hill, Interim Division Leads

Provides support and guidance on BESE and legislative policy implementation

School Improvement

Laura Hawkins, Interim Assistant Superintendent

Oversees the state’s school improvement efforts and provides support for charter and nonpublic schools

Special School District

Ernest Garrett III, Superintendent

Provides education to students

housed in state or privatized facilities

and hospitals

Student Opportunities

Ken Bradford, Assistant Superintendent

Provides support for high school academics including graduation pathways and postsecondary transitions