The Lafayette Parish School System has named Traci Aucoin as its Director of Community Collaborations and Partnerships.
"Collaboration and Partnerships with stakeholders are essential to the Lafayette Parish School System's mission to develop productive citizens who are prepared to compete in a global community," said Superintendent Irma Trosclair. "This new role will focus on supporting educational opportunities for students and families through the use of community resources by establishing and maintaining corporate, community, and government relationships that will benefit the school community of the Lafayette Parish School System."
Aucoin brings to the district over thirty years of experience in building and sustaining public and private partnerships and success in generating sustainable resources that support excellence in education for all students.
“In her prior role as Director of the U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP initiative for LPSS, Aucoin has worked with many non-profit organizations that generated much needed resources and provided enriched academic experiences that created greater opportunities for students, stated Trosclair. Through her work experience, she has been able to develop and sustain strong community and postsecondary partnerships and bring valuable resources and expertise to the Lafayette Parish School System GEAR UP initiative.”
“In addition, Aucoin is a natural fit for this leadership role because of her experience serving on numerous regional, state and national boards to develop sustainable programs and partnerships,” said Superintendent Irma Trosclair. Aucoin was selected as a Louisiana Educator Voice Fellow for 21st Century Learning for the state of Louisiana and served as an advisory member for the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP). She was also elected to serve a two year term on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.
Aucoin began her career in education as a high school biology and physics teacher before she moved into higher education where she served the University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette in numerous capacities for over 20 years. Aucoin served as director of several departments including the Alumni Association, University College, and High School Relations and Special Projects for the President.