Dr. Rob Picou, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been an educator for the last
28 years serving as an English teacher, a principal, and most recently as a Superintendent. Dr. Picou has spent the last 20 years in public schools in the state of Alaska. Dr. Picou received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English from University of New Orleans. He also served in the United States Marine Corps. He previously served as the Superintendent of the Lower Yukon School District serving 10 K-12 schools, where he created APEX learning cyber spaces, resulting in an increased number of students taking advanced online courses. His leadership experience also includes:
•Superintendent for 3 years of the Bering Strait School District, where he secured $7.6 million in federal grants focused on dropout prevention, student achievement and staff development. He led the district to increase its graduation rate from 46% to 73% with an emphasis on personalized learning and multiple pathways to graduation.
•Executive Director of Instruction for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, the 2nd largest urban district in Alaska with a student population of 19,600, 47 schools and a budget of $247 million. His focus there was on school climate and connectedness with a program called ‘Capturing Kids’ Hearts’, which resulted in an increase of the graduation rate from 71% to 93% over a three-year period in one of their largest comprehensive high schools. As a result of state and federal legislative funding efforts and a partnership with the University of Alaska, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District designed the first Middle College, allowing college-ready high school students to work toward an AA degree with 32 college credits before graduating from high school.
While his work has been in Alaska, Dr. Picou has personal ties with Mississippi and follows the work of public schools here. He considers Mississippi his home and has had a home in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where he and his family have commuted to and from Alaska for nearly two decades. He and his wife, Jodi, a retired educator, have two sons–Will, age 13 and Cole, age 10.
Dr. Rob Picou, Superintendent