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The Louisiana Association of School Superintendents has named Dr.
T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools, as the 2019 Louisiana
Superintendent of the Year.

announcement was made during the organization’s annual conference on Monday to
a packed house of Caddo supporters, fellow superintendents and school leaders.

“This has
to be among the most humbling honors of my life,” Dr. Goree said. “This award
is affirmation for the work all of us in Caddo are doing and the progress made
to advance our district. Thank you to the Louisiana Association of School
Superintendents for making this possible and believing in what my team and I are
doing for Caddo Parish.”

honor comes as Dr. Goree prepares to mark his fifth year as Caddo Schools

“He has
been an extreme pleasure to work with,” said Caddo Parish School Board
President Steve Riall. “He has done an excellent job of bringing our scores up
and shining a positive light on the great things happening throughout Caddo
Parish. Dr. Goree also works hard to keep us informed of what is taking place
in the district while seeking input and consulting Board Members on ideas to
move the district forward. To have him named as Superintendent of the Year in a
year where we also are the home to two Louisiana Students of the Year and the
state Middle School Teacher of the Year speaks to the momentum of what is
happening in Caddo and how he is moving this system in the right direction.”
A product of Caddo Schools and a proud
graduate of Huntington High School, Dr. Goree came to the district in December
2013 as Caddo faced a crisis regarding the future of its chronically
underperforming schools as well as diminished morale from staff who felt the
crunch of budget woes. Dr. Goree took action and created the Transformation
Zone, a turnaround effort designed to fundamentally change the climate and
culture of the district’s failing campuses and breathe new life back into
communities. In the first years of the Zone, it has become a national model for
turnaround work and has brought parent and community involvement back into the
district’s highest poverty schools. Dr. Goree garnered support from the Caddo
Parish School Board to unanimously move forward with not one, but two pay
raises for employees who had seen their salaries stagnant for years. The raises
were accomplished within the district’s existing budget and without asking for
any new monies.

the dynamic for the district, Dr. Goree continued his mission to improve
opportunities for all students with the launch of programs including the
Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) to support and grow teachers as well as
invest in the highest quality curriculum and resources. Furthermore, Dr. Goree
led Caddo through its first successful district-wide accreditation from
AdvancED, the international leader in school accreditation.

Even with
these numerous accolades, Dr. Goree said the work is far from over.

“We’ve made
incredible progress as a district, but I firmly believe the best is yet to
come,” he said. “There is yet more to be done to support providing every child
the resources needed to be successful, and we are just getting started.”

It is this
drive to advance Caddo Parish that sets Dr. Goree apart, said State
Superintendent John White.

Goree is a true leader whose compassion and commitment is evident in all he
does,” White said. “He has worked tirelessly to unite his community and to
employ innovative school improvement strategies, like the Transformation Zone,
to ensure all students in Caddo Parish, including those most vulnerable, have
access to a high quality education.” 

 During his tenure, Dr. Goree also has
inspired countless individuals along the way, including the students he serves. 

 “Dr. Goree is one of the most
enthusiastic people I’ve ever known, but with that excitement and energy also
comes a kindness, compassion and love for people,” said Ashini Modi,
Louisiana’s Middle School Student of the Year and a ninth grader in Caddo
Parish. “He represents 40,000 students but has the ability to connect with each
one of us individually and cheer for us. I cannot say how much it meant to me
to have him with my family and I when we were in Baton Rouge for the state
Student of the Year competition and for him to be right there cheering with
them when my name was called. He cares deeply and that shows in the work he
does for our schools.” 

 Dr. Goree now advances to submitting his
application for the National Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the
American Association of School Administrators, and represent Caddo Parish and
the state of Louisiana at the 2019 AASA National Conference on Education in Los