Superintendent of Schools
Melissa Martin Stilley
TANGIPAHOA PARISH SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
59656 PULESTON ROAD | AMITE, LA 70422
P: 985-748-2502 | F: 985-748-8587
Coming Full Circle
Melissa Martin Stilley is a Pumpkin Center native and longtime Loranger resident, who says she came from a humble start. The daughter of farmers, she and her siblings completed high school, which was an expectation in her parents' home. College, however, was not discussed, and it would be several years later, when pregnant with her second child, that Stilley decided to pursue a university diploma. Today, she has two degrees from Southeastern, and plans to complete her doctorate there soon.
“Education changed my life,” Stilley says, adding that she knows without a doubt that it will do the same for our public school students.
Stilley offers great hope for the children of Tangipahoa Parish, asserting that there is no reason Tangipahoa cannot be an “A" district, making it competitive with Livingston and St. Tammany Parishes. She believes our parish has so much potential and is a community that literally wants the best for our children.
“We’re going to do the right thing for our kids because it’s the right thing to do, not because a judge in New Orleans tells us to,” Stilley says. Stilley states that while she’s been told that she faces a lot of obstacles and many challenges, she chooses to focus on solutions. She has already made history by signing a two-and-a-half-year contract naming her as the first woman to ever serve as Tangipahoa Parish Superintendent of Schools.
Melissa Martin Stilley is committed to working 150 percent for the children of Tangipahoa Parish. “You have to set your standards high and work toward that and align all of our schools and offices around that,” she told the board during a meeting. “Together we can figure this out."