Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent
The longest serving superintendent in more than 30 years, Dr. T. Lamar Goree brought innovation and stabilization to Caddo Parish Public Schools, a district of nearly 37,000 students with 58 schools including three charter agreements.
Under his leadership, the district has reached an all-time high graduation rate while producing dozens of students recognized as National Merit Scholars and scoring perfect scores on the ACT. To see the notable gains in student performance as they have walked across the graduation stage, Dr. Goree oversaw the implementation of top-rated curriculum for all students across subject areas along with prescriptive and targeted professional development for teachers and support staff aligned directly to student needs.
Beyond academics, Dr. Goree worked to bring fiscal responsbility and transparency to the district. Prioritizing the classroom, he methodically worked to identify efficiencies and secured the district’s highest single year increase in surplus funds in decades. Meanwhile, he was able to secure multiple employee pay raises without new funding while leverage competitive dollars to establish incentive pay structures designed to recognize and reward educators across the district’s diverse schools.
In 2019, the Louisiana Association of School Executives and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents named Dr. Goree as the Louisiana State Superintendent of the Year. That same year Dr. Goree also was selected to participate in the National Racial Equity Leadership Network’s second cohort for his continued commitment to equity work in Caddo Parish and as a Broad Center Fellow for his commitment to enhancing the learning experience for all students. In 2020, Dr. Goree was named among the newest members of Chiefs for Change, one of the most elite education nonprofits in the nation which advocates for improved U.S. policy to support students and teachers.
When Dr. Goree arrived in Caddo in December 2013 to lead his hometown district, he brought with him the experiences of his time in districts in Texas to turn the tide facing the district he knew and loved. Faced by looming state takeover of 10 schools, Dr. 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, improved graduation rates, and changed the perspective of what was thought possible in high poverty, urban schools in north Louisiana.
From there, Dr. Goree set his sights on improving opportunities for students across the system and sought to ensure students were prepared for the demands of both college and career. The results were nothing short of remarkable as he led the district to its highest graduation rate in history, broke new ground with the most Advanced Placement Capstone campuses in the state, increased access to dual enrollment and advanced coursework in high-poverty schools and instituted rigorous workforce credentialing programs which were accessible to all high school students.
Addressing the needs of the whole child has been a key component of Dr. Goree’s work as he has levereaged community partnerships and district resources to open five school-based health and wellness clinics. Supporting the mental health needs of students, Dr. Goree spearheaded the implementation of nationally recognized social-emotional learning curriculum and resources for all elementary and middle school students. Further, he oversaw a districtwide initiative in which all staff members have been trained on adverse childhood experience. Through this work, he instituted trauma-informed practices to provide staff members with the training needed to better understand the social and emotional needs of students, and thus, reduce disciplinary rates.
Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. 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.
Before Dr. Goree came back to lead his hometown school district, he last served as an Area Superintendent with Mansfield Independent School District in the suburbs of Dallas — one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas. While in Mansfield, Dr. Goree led 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.
In addition to his work in the district, Dr. Goree serves Caddo Parish and Shreveport through his work with My Brother’s Keeper, Downtown Rotary, Committee of 100, Step Forward, Strategic Action Council, Caddo Children and Youth Planning Board and Caddo Sheriff’s Safety Town Advisory Board.
Dr. Goree is a veteran 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.
Dr. 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. Their son, Morgan, graduated in December 2019 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and is currently in chiropractic school while their daughter, Madison, is a high school junior in Caddo Schools.