Donald W. Aguillard, Superintendent
St. Mary Parish Schools
Dr. Donald W. Aguillard began his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the St. Mary Parish School Board on July 1, 2004. As Chief Education Officer, Dr. Aguillard manages the district's $83 million budget and a staff of over 1,400 employees. The school district utilizes 23 campuses to provide educational services to approximately 9,600 students.
Prior to Dr. Aguillardís appointment in St. Mary Parish, he served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, area director, and district administrator in the Lafayette Parish School System for 28 years. One of his unwavering core beliefs is that school improvement is achievable through deliberate action.
Dr. Aguillard earned a bachelorís degree (1975) in secondary science education, a masterís degree (1978) in curriculum, and an educational specialist degree (1981) in administration/supervision from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In 1998, he completed his doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University. Aguillard was an LSU Graduate Fellow in 1994-95.
Dr. Aguillard is a lifelong educator with public and university experience. Dr. Aguillard taught high school biology, biology II, and physical science at Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Aguillard has served as a university adjunct professor in the areas of personnel administration and introduction to education.
In 1989, the National Science Teachers Association awarded Dr. Aguillard with a Special Recognition Citation for his efforts in support of academic freedom in the teaching of science. In 1992, the Louisiana Association of Principals named him the Louisiana Assistant Principal of the Year. He also participated in a National Recognition Program for Assistant Principals in 1992, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 1998, the National Association of Biology Teachers presented Dr. Aguillard with their prestigious Exemplar Award for actions in support of biology education. In 2009, Dr. Aguillard became the first Louisiana superintendent to be invited to join the National Center for Education Research & Technology (NCERT).
Under his leadership, the district has embraced a data-driven, results-oriented culture of best educational practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Standardized test scores validate that we are gaining academic momentum. Additionally, the district is committed to improving day-to-day fiscal and operational management practices and rebuilding our technology infrastructure. The superintendentís vision is that we will work tirelessly to achieve 100 percent of our schools meeting or exceeding their annual growth targets.
Dr. Aguillard is married to Karen Wyatt. Karen retired in 2011 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she was an instructor within the Mathematics Department. Dr. Aguillard and Karen reside in Franklin, Louisiana. He and his wife, Karen, have three grown sons Ė William, Wyatt, and Michael Johnson. On a personal note, Karen and Don enjoy spending time with family, gardening, caring for Tootsie-beautiful and loving family dog, and completing home improvement/landscaping projects. The children live and work in the Baton Rouge, Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas.