T. Lamar Goree
Superintendent, Caddo Parish Public SchoolsLouisiana
Dr. T. Lamar Goree is superintendent of Caddo Parish Public Schools in Louisiana, a district that serves nearly 38,000 students with 58 schools including three charter agreements.
Goree established the Transformation Zone, which provided specialized supports, training, and leadership to the district’s most consistently underperforming schools. In his first three years as superintendent, the zone led the region in academic gains and changed expectations for what is possible in high-poverty, urban schools in north Louisiana. In addition, Goree led the district to its highest graduation rate in history and the most Advanced Placement Capstone campuses in the state. He also increased access to dual enrollment and advanced coursework in high-poverty schools and instituted rigorous workforce credentialing programs accessible to all high school students. A key focus of Goree’s work is addressing the needs of the whole child. As such, he launched a districtwide initiative to train all staff members on adverse childhood experiences and implemented trauma-informed practices to help reduce disciplinary rates.
In 2019, the Louisiana Association of School Executives and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents named Goree Superintendent of the Year. That year, he was also selected as one of the first fellows for the National Racial Equity Leadership Network and was a fellow with the Broad Center.
Goree previously served as area superintendent with Mansfield Independent School District near Dallas, Tex. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a bachelor’s in management from Morehouse College.