“The successes of Louisiana students, teachers and school and district administrators continue to reach new heights as indicated by unprecedented graduation rates, scholarship funding, and other college and career readiness components. I am proud to have contributed to the remarkable improvement and look forward to continuing to work alongside educators and parents to ensure every Louisiana student has access to a high-quality education,” said Dr. Holly Boffy.
- Graduation rate up 9.1% points from 72.3% in 2012 to 81.4% in 2018
- Graduation rate exceeds 80% for first time ever
- Graduation rate for African American students exceeds national average for first time
- Percentage of students graduating with a career diploma increased by 10 times from <2% in 2014 to over 20% in 2018 because we improved the career diploma to give all students meaningful pathways to success after graduation
- Over half of students are graduating with post-secondary and industry credentials
- Attainment of industry-based credentials increased from 17,885 to over 90,000 in 2018
- The number of statewide advanced credentials earned is up from 95 in 2014 to over 600 leading to opportunities for students in high-wage, high-demand jobs
- Number of students who qualify for TOPS up 31%
- #1 state in the country for high school students drawing down federal financial aid for post-secondary education
- Leading the country in creating partnerships among K12, higher education, and industry to create pathways for students to high-wage, high-demand jobs
- 1st state in the country to create coordinated system of early childhood care and education
- 1st state in the country to implement full-year a residency for new teachers
Carrick and Holly Boffy began dating in high school and married in 2001 after graduating from college. They have a twelve-year-old son named Pierce, who attends public school. Their daughter, Claire, was adopted at birth in August 2016. Adoption has become an important cause for Holly since being blessed with Claire. The Boffys organize and host Fishing for Memories, a benefit fishing tournament supporting families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. The family worships at Esther Baptist Church in Vermilion Parish.
Holly believes every Louisiana student deserves an excellent education and the knowledge and skills to choose their path in life. Holly knows the teachers and leaders students encounter are the most important school factors in every students’ experience. Holly believes state and local systems should support teachers and leaders in continuous improvement in meeting the needs of students.
Education is Holly’s passion. She is the founder of EdTalents, which provides education consulting services to schools, districts, states, organizations, foundations, and candidates for public office with high aspirations for students. Previously, Holly worked for the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana to advance initiatives supporting teachers and leaders.
Holly began her career as a middle school teacher at Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge. After two years in Baton Rouge, Holly transferred to Paul Breaux Middle School in Lafayette. While teaching social studies at Paul Breaux Middle School, Holly earned National Board Certification. Holly also taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an adjunct instructor.
Holly represents District 7 on the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education with pride. Her fellow board members elected her to serve as an officer beginning her second year on the board. Holly served as secretary and is currently vice president.
Honors & Achievements
Holly is the 2010 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and a 2011 Women Who Mean Business Honoree.
Holly attended Louisiana State University, where she earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Education Specialist degrees. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in education leadership from Walden University in 2015.