Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree has selected Dr. Marvin Rainey, Beverly Cole, Mary Nash-Wood and Charnae McDonald to lead as an Executive Director of School Performance, Executive Director of Federal Programs, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Director of Communications. These newly appointed administrators will work to enhance the district’s purpose in serving our students and community.
Dr. Marvin Rainey is an Executive Director of School Performance serving 10 elementary schools in the newly expanded Achievement Zone. The Achievement Zone, the next chapter of the Transformation Zone, is designed to provide real-time access to quality teaching and learning and expanded supports to support teachers and school leaders with a high-quality, district-based support model with students as the central focus. A graduate of Grambling State University, the former Principal of the Year and Executive Master Teacher was a 2019 Paul Bambrick Leverage Leadership Institute Gold Distinction Fellow.
Beverly Cole will begin her role as Executive Director of Federal Programs to oversee federally funded programs including Title I to ensure schools and students are equipped with the necessities to thrive. This work calls for Cole to identify barriers to student success and to provide wrap-around programs, services, and supports to foster student success. A graduate of Centenary College, Cole is a veteran educator with nearly 40 years of experience in Caddo Schools. She was Principal of Queensborough Elementary, Barret Paideia Elementary and Alexander Learning Center. Cole most recently served as Title I’s Supervisor of School Compliance and Program Improvement.
Mary Nash-Wood will serve as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives leading the district’s strategic planning functions including development and evaluation of the district’s overall objectives and goals while also overseeing departments’ organizational plans to drive improved performance across Caddo’s divisions. Her work also will include serving as the primary liaison between the Superintendent, School Board, federal, state, and local governments as well as community and public advocacy groups concerning key issues affecting Caddo’s students and staff. Nash-Wood has previously served as Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Director of Communications. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Nash-Wood completed her certification in education finance from Georgetown University in 2021.
Charnae McDonald will serve as Director of Communications to manage district public relations, marketing, internal and external communications. Whether working with local media outlets or leveraging tools such as social media and the district’s notification system, McDonald’s mission is to ensure parents, students, staff, and community members know what’s happening in Caddo Schools and what it means for our community. A gifted storyteller, McDonald most recently served as Assistant Director of Communications where she focused on elevating the work of students and teachers through engaging videos to tell the stories of those who are making a difference in the district. She is a graduate of California State University Northridge.