After 10 years of service as an instructionally focused assistant principal, Dr. Kim Pendleton will be moving from north to south Shreveport as the new principal of Southwood High School.
Selected through a rigorous application and interview process, Dr. Pendleton brings a wealth of knowledge from her tenure at Northwood High School where she worked intensively to increase career and technical opportunities for students while also partnering with teachers to increase training aligned to changes in state standards.
Her resume includes noteworthy accolades including reducing academic failures at campuses she has served by up to 69 percent and increasing graduation rates by up to 10 percent in a single year. Much like Jeff Roberts whom Dr. Pendleton replaces at Southwood after his promotion as the district’s Director of Transportation, she too began her career in Caddo as a science teacher. After 13 years of classroom experience, she began her first administrative role in 2009 at Huntington High School and moved to Northwood in 2012.
“Dr. Pendleton brings a great deal of experience to Southwood along with a desire to continue to build on the successes seen in recent years,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “I have no doubt she will do a wonderful job for the students, staff, teachers and community members served by Southwood High School.”
In addition to her work in Caddo, Dr. Pendleton is respected across the region for her role with various groups including serving as the lead school team evaluator as part of the AdvancED accreditation team, the leading accreditation agency for K-12 and university schools and systems.
Dr. Pendleton will begin her service as principal when classes resume for the district on January 6, 2020. Among her top goals for Southwood, she cited a desire to continue to build the school’s biotech magnet program, intertwine career and technical industry-based certifications with courses offered at the campus, and improve brand awareness and recognition of the school.