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Lafayette Parish School System Interim Superintendent Appoints Director of Special Education

Interim Superintendent Irma Trosclair has appointed Ms. Holly Ortego as the director of special education for the Lafayette Parish School System.

Ms. Ortego earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McNeese State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Ortego was a special education teacher at Opelousas Jr. High School for one year. She then moved to Houston, Texas where she served in the capacity of special education teacher at Burbank Elementary School for five years and district program supervisor for three years. She was then promoted to special education director for nine years. During her time as special education director, she also served as principal of a program that provided occupational opportunity for adult students with disabilities at Houston Community College. For the last four years, Ms. Ortego has been serving as special education program supervisor for the Lafayette Parish School System.

Ms. Ortego received awards for Special Education Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year while employed with the Houston Independent School District.