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About Jillian Balow

It is an incredible privilege to serve as Wyoming’s State Superintendent. Along with Wyoming schools and citizens, we have accomplished a great deal, bringing education from utter chaos to a state of stability and growth. It is imperative that Wyoming students continue to reap the benefits of being in a well-funded education system and that our state is stronger as a result of our excellent schools. As Wyoming’s Superintendent, I have received the following state and national recognitions:

-SETDA Award-National leader for state educational technology directors
-Patrick Henry Award-National leader for support of our military
-Mott Foundation Award-National leader for after school program support
-Elected to Board of CCSSO-National leader for federal education policy and state support
-Elected Treasurer of Education Commission of the States (highest office of a state superintendent in ECS)
-Part of a small coalition of State Education Chiefs who put a stop to the common core only assessment movement
-Speaker multiple times for rural education issues nationally, multiple meetings with the US Secretary of Education and members of Congress to advocate for rural education.

In addition to proudly serving as Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2015, ere’s a little more about me…

Ten years in the classroom...

-Spearheaded the development of many enrichment programs for kids K-12 and encouraged children to grow beyond the traditional classroom walls.
-Regularly shared data and student progress with parents coupled with strategies for boosting student success.
-Maintained an open door for parents to observe, question, and discuss teaching and learning.
-Mentored new teachers through internships and district programs.
-Took advantage of opportunities to improve student outcomes by serving on and chairing committees, attending trainings, and leading groups of students and adults.
-Recognized that teaching and learning occurs in and out of the classroom and served in my community as a volunteer and role model in many capacities.
-Understand that the greatest impact on students is not standards, curriculum or accountability but, rather, excellent teaching. All structures in education should support teaching and learning.

Eight years in administration…..

-As an administrator at the State Dept. of Education, I managed programs designed to increase local control. I regularly sought feedback and data from school districts and proposed changes to the legislature in response to what was working or not working in school districts.

-As a state administrator at the Department of Family Services I worked to ensure that communities, not just the state, benefit from all funding sources. I have declined to participate in programs that Wyoming cannot sustain without federal funding and redirected state efforts to the local communities.

-As an administrator at the Department of Family Services, I managed multiple programs with multi-million dollar budgets. In two years:
Prioritized programs for return on investment and relevance;
Required competitive bids for contract work;
Streamlined programs;
Increased measurable efficiencies by reducing error rates more than 50%;
Eliminated a significant budget deficit within one year without reducing permanent state employee positions.

Education and More…..

-Fifth generation Wyomingite. I spent six months living in Washington, D.C. working for Craig Thomas and the rest of my life in this great state.
-Campbell County High School graduate.
-University of Wyoming graduate (B.A. in Elementary Education)
-Secondary and Middle School English/Language Arts endorsements from Black Hills State University
-Master’s degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Regis University