I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education under three governors. Gov. Mike Foster appointed me to BESE. I also served under Gov. Kathleen Blanco with whom I developed a lasting friendship, and my last term on BESE was under Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Foster and I had a particularly good working relationship. He was eager to express his concerns for education and what he wanted to accomplish.
The governor and I shared a passion for the education of young children. I passionately believe in an early childhood education as did the governor.
I also admired the staff of the people he hired. I worked closely with Gwen Hamilton and Andy Kopplin. He pushed his education agenda and of course funded those programs close to his heart.
It was a pleasure to talk with him about educational issues and to understand his commitment. During the Foster administration, we crafted the policy that continues to drive education in Louisiana.
I also had the opportunity to get to know and work closely on BESE with Leslie Jacobs and Paul Pastorek. So, I have had the pleasure of serving under two of the finest governors the state has had in my lifetime, one a Republican and one a Democrat. May they both rest in peace.
former BESE president