In preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools, announced on Wednesday the selection of three leaders to serve as principals including two current Principals of the Year.
Dr. Goree selected Lynette Hampton, Maria Edwards and Cleveland Mouton to lead Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School, Youree Drive Middle School and Caddo Heights Elementary School respectively.
Lynette Hampton, Principal, Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School
Lynette Hampton currently serves as principal of North Highlands Elementary School and is Caddo’s 2020 Elementary Principal of the Year. Preparing her for Walnut Hill, Hampton has extensive experience in middle school and elementary settings where she understands the value of data-driven instruction to guide student achievement while also providing opportunities for students to explore their creative talents. In her tenure at North Highlands, Hampton led the campus to become one of five arts-integration schools in the region through Louisiana A+ Schools and the George Rodrigue Foundation. She also oversaw the implementation of top-rated curriculum and aligned instruction which guided North Highlands to recognition as a Top Gains school by the Louisiana Department of Education and acknowledgement for seeing some of the highest rates of improvement in student performance in the region.
“I am excited about the possibilities at Walnut Hill,” Hampton said. “My first love was middle school but my new passion quickly became elementary when I came to North Highlands. Walnut Hill provides a good opportunity to merge my two passions and to work with an incredible team of teachers, administrators and families to ensure student excellence.”
Hampton said her goal is for all families to see Walnut Hill campus where every staff member is committed to doing what is best for students and excellence is achieved at a high level every day to ensure students become productive citizens of society.
Maria Edwards, Principal, Youree Drive Middle School
Maria Edwards currently serves as an assistant principal at Captain Shreve High School where she has worked for the past four years. In 21 years of experience in education, she has become known for her ability to connect with families and stakeholder groups to support students and improve the community engagement in the school experience. She believes in the critical importance of uplifting and supporting teachers through coaching, mentorship and training to reach their greatest potential and working with families to develop lasting relationships which extend far past a student’s tenure at middle school.
“I am excited to build on the successes we’ve seen at Youree Drive including a Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year and growth in school performance,” Edwards said. “For middle school, it is essential to build relationships early and grow those relationships over time not only with teachers and students but families and community members. It takes all of us working together as one to provide the highest quality instruction and well-rounded experience for all children.”
Cleveland Mouton, Principal, Caddo Heights Elementary School
For the past three years, Cleveland Mouton has served as principal of Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe. In his time with the school, he reported directly to the Superintendent and saw incredible improvements in student performance at the Title I campus. A veteran educator, Mouton garnered a renowned reputation as a three-time Teacher of the Year, a two-time Leader of the Year, and the current Principal of the Year for Monroe City Schools.
Mouton’s immense experience in the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) model and profound understanding of how to coach and support teachers will no doubt enhance student learning. Additionally, he is excited to work hand-in-hand with parents and community members for student success.
Mouton said he is looking forward to being a part of the district and has already met with his staff at Caddo Heights to hit the ground running.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to grow Caddo Heights students academically and in their experiences,” Mouton said. “We have such great potential that is waiting to be realized and I look forward to showcasing what the students and staff of Caddo Heights have to offer.”