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Top 50 Over 50: Walter B. Gonsoulin, Jr.


Walter B. Gonsoulin Jr. is the Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools in Birmingham, Alabama. The Jefferson County School District is the second-largest school district in Alabama serving over 36,000 students in 57 different schools.

Dr. Gonsoulin has been an educator for over thirty years. He has served in various educational capacities including an elementary 5th and 6th grade teacher, a physical education teacher for grades 4-6, an assistant principal of a middle school, a principal, and assistant director of a career and technology center. He has served in other areas as an assistant professor, an assistant superintendent for the Starkville School District located in Starkville, Mississippi, and the superintendent for the Fairfield School System located in Fairfield, Alabama. He has also been a diversity consultant for school districts throughout the southern and northeastern regions of the country. He has written and published over 15 refereed journal articles and has presented at international, national, and state conferences.

Dr. Gonsoulin holds a B.A. in Interpersonal Counseling and Communications from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a second B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana majoring in Elementary Education, and obtained his M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision of Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Gonsoulin’s quest for educational attainment eventually led him to Mississippi State University where he successfully completed a Ph.D. program in the field of Curriculum and Instruction.

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