In December 2013, Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree was appointed superintendent of Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, Louisiana. Goree serves over 40,000 students with 62 schools, including three charter agreements.
Before Goree came back to lead his hometown school district, he was Area Superintendent with Mansfield Independent School District in the suburbs of Dallas — one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas. While in Mansfield, Goree served over 33,000 students by leading curriculum and instructional program development, pushed for instructional technology enhancements and oversaw instructional budgets. He also supervised and coached campus administrators in ways to effectively evaluate student achievement and lead substantive professional development for principals and administrators. Goree is an educational leader who seeks to ensure each child receives a quality education which prepares them for college and career regardless of race, ZIP code, gender or socioeconomics. Furthermore, he believes community involvement in education is vital to the success of any school system as well as fostering learning cultures at every school campus led by highly-competent principals and effective teachers.
Goree began his career as a math teacher in Marietta, Georgia, following in the footsteps of his mother and father who were career educators in Caddo Parish Public Schools. A rising star for his ability to engage and inspire his students, Goree was recruited to serve in Fort Worth, Texas as a math teacher where he quickly gained a following. By 2000, he was selected to serve in his first administrative role as an Assistant Principal at Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth, where he worked in the role for three years before becoming the school’s Principal. Goree went on to serve as Principal at Danny Jones Middle School in Mansfield ISD and later Principal at Summit High School in the same district. In 2010, Goree was named Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services in Mansfield where he oversaw the effective and efficient operation of programs including fine arts, special education, career and technical education and English language learners.
As superintendent, Goree has implemented the following educational initiatives: 1) created the district’s first Transformation Zone which seeks to turnaround underperforming schools through intensive supports and interventions; 2) expanded Advanced Placement, dual enrollment and ACT preparatory opportunities; 3) expanded student interventions through districtwide implementation of Response to Intervention; 4) balanced the budget for the first time in more than a decade and 7) doubled funding for instructional technology. Goree’s mission is to develop each child as a lifelong learner prepared to globally compete for the jobs of tomorrow while also being committed to serving their community.
In addition to his work in the district, Goree serves Caddo Parish and Shreveport through his work with Downtown Rotary, Committee of 100, Step Forward, Strategic Action Council, Caddo Children and Youth Planning Board and Caddo Sheriff’s Safety Town Advisory Board.
Goree is a lifelong educator who strongly believes that education is the key to lifelong success. He is a graduate of Huntington High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Morehouse College, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Goree and his wife, Kimberly, met in math class during their junior year at Huntington High School. They are the proud parents of two children. The eldest Goree attends Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge while the Gorees’ daughter attends high school in Caddo.