New principal named for Booker T. Washington High School

New principal named for Booker T. Washington High School

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Booker T. Washington High School has a new principal.

Caddo Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree announced Thursday that Kristi Young will begin work immediately at BTW, including establishing meetings with alumni, parents, teachers and staff.

"I am excited and grateful for this unique opportunity and challenge to take all that makes Booker T. Washington loved and revered and build on that immense history with a clear focus on improved academic opportunities for students," Young said in a statement released by Caddo Parish Public Schools early Thursday afternoon.

"This is more than a job to me. Dr. Goree has given me the freedom to paint a picture of what the future can be for Booker T. Washington, and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to create a strong plan of what that vision will entail."

According to the statement, Young's top priority moving into her first year at the school will be to create a pathway in which every child will graduate with college credits through Advanced Placement, dual enrollment and CLEP opportunities. She also expressed her vision to recruit highly qualified, certified teachers.

Young comes to Booker T. Washington from Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy, where she came in 2009 when the campus reopened as a 7th through 12th grade campus and began working as a classroom teacher and social studies department head under Marvin Alexander.

According to a bio provided with the school district's statement,

By 2012, Young had risen to the administrative level as assistant principal of instruction where she worked closely with Principal Marvin Alexander to change the moniker of failure that had long plagued the school. She served in that role until Thursday's announcement. Additionally, Young is slated to receive her doctorate in curriculum and instructional this December from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Until her appointment to lead BTW as principal, Young served as assistant principal of instruction at Green Oaks for the past seven years.

"Between her extensive experience and academic knowledge, Mrs. Young has the background needed to make Booker T. Washington a progressive campus that can truly prepare all students for college and career," Goree said. "I am confident Mrs. Young is the right person to lead Booker T. Washington into the next chapter while building on the unparalleled legacy of this amazing school."

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