Jillian Balow was elected in 2014 to a four year term as Wyoming’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this role she supervises public education in Wyoming, oversees staff, programming, and budget for the Wyoming Department of Education, and is a member of many boards and commissions including State Lands, Loan and Investment, UW Trustees, School Facilities, Community Colleges, and the State Board of Education.
Jillian leads with the understanding that every person is a stakeholder in education and every issue in education matters. Areas where Jillian puts special emphasis include: career and technical education, support for our military, and rural education. She serves on the national steering committee for the Education Commission of the States and participates in many state and national discussions so Wyoming children always have a strong voice.
Jillian is a fifth-generation Wyoming native. She taught for over a decade in Wyoming elementary and secondary classrooms and has worked to support children and families her entire career. She describes serving as State Superintendent as both the greatest challenge and greatest honor of her life.
Jillian has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in education from Regis University. In addition to teaching, Jillian has consulted in the private sector on education issues, served as an administrator at both the Wyoming Department of Education and Family Services. She was also a policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead.
A mother of two, Paiton (17) and Jack (11), Jillian is a proud FFA and 4-H supporter and volunteers for charitable organizations including the Wyoming Children’s Society. Her husband, John, is an administrator for Laramie County School District #1. Jillian and her family reside in Cheyenne.