Dr. Kristi Young is a 2003 graduate of Grambling State University where she earned a bachelor degree in social studies education. She began her career that same summer at Mansfield Middle School in DeSoto Parish where she served as a summer school remediation teacher. She quickly secured a job in Caddo Parish where she began as a social studies teacher at Woodlawn High School in fall 2003. During her time here she was given strong evaluations for her ability to create detailed, well-prepared and engaging lesson plans highlighting strengths and weaknesses of individual students and enhancing their abilities. She served in the role until 2007 when she left to work under Caddo veteran Albert Hardison as a classroom teacher from 2007 to 2009.
When Green Oaks was converted to a seventh through 12th grade campus, Young desired to be a part of the transformation and began working as a classroom teacher and social studies department head under Marvin Alexander when the school reopened in fall 2009. Meanwhile, Young maintained her commitment to fulfilling her own dream of securing a master of educational leadership degree, which she completed in May 2010 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 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.
Dr. Young enjoys spending time with her husband Michael Young and twin boys Chaise and Chanse Young.
She was named principal of BTW on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Additionally, Young received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction December 2016 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Assistant Principal of Discipline
Mr. Daryl Adams is a 1996 graduate of LSU-Shreveport where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Along with his Bachelor’s degree Mr. Adams completed his alternative certification in 2000 from LSU-Shreveport and obtained his Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Arkansas State University in 2014.
In high school Mr. Adams was fortunate to have several exceptional teachers and coaches that instilled in him the desire to be a teacher. After working in the business world for two years he decided to follow his dream into education. Mr. Adams served as a classroom teacher for nineteen years at North Desoto High School, Southwood High School, and Huntington High School before being named assistant principal at Booker T. Washington in 2014.
Mr. Adams is married to Regina Adams, has four children, and one grandchild. He loves riding his motorcycle, traveling to the mountains, and is an avid Route 66 enthusiast. His biggest inspiration in his life was his father Mr. Ron Adams who instilled in him by example the responsibility to serve those around him, especially children. Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.
Assistant Principal of Instruction
Booker T. Washington Middle-High School welcomed La Donna Davenport as Assistant Principal of Instruction of Middle School during 2015 -2016 school year. Ms. Davenport joined Booker T. Washington with eight years of school administration experience, having served as Instructional Coordinator at Blanchard Elementary and Assistant Principal of Instruction at Vivian Elementary Middle. Before becoming an administrator, Ms. Davenport taught for 10 years as a middle school English Language Arts Teachers and 2 years as a paraprofessional for middle and elementary school.
Ms. Davenport earned her Bachelor Degree of Arts and Sciences in Communications from Louisiana State University of Baton Rouge and Masters Degree of Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University of Shreveport. Outside of her school time, Ms. Davenport is the proud mother of four children who were educated in Caddo Parish Schools and are now productive citizens of society serving as a medical doctor, educator, certified public accountant, and fire fighter. As a product of Caddo Parish Public Schools, as well as serving as teacher/leader and administrator roles, Ms. Davenport’s philosophy of education is that she believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is Ms. Davenport’s desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas.
Assistant Principal of Instruction
Crystal T. Barnes was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a product of Caddo Parish, culminating with the honor of being a proud 1999 graduate of the historical Booker T. Washington High School. She continued her studies at “Dear Old” Grambling State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After leaving Grambling, Mrs. Barnes went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern State University.
In 2005, she began her teaching career in Bienville Parish at Ringgold High School, under the leadership of Mr. Bill Davis. With a desire for being closer to home, in 2008, Mrs. Barnes returned to Caddo Parish; to give back to the school system that helped to cultivate her foundation. She continued her quest for molding young lives at Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School, under the guidance of the esteemed Mr. Albert Hardison. During her time at Walnut Hill, Mrs. Barnes blossomed into an excellent educator and served in several leadership capacities. To list a few: ELA Department Head, 8th grade Department Head, and PLC Leader. To further validate her educational excellence, Mrs. Barnes was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at Walnut Hill. As well, she was a finalist for District Teacher of the Year for the same school term.
Mrs. Barnes also serves on many district level teams: the Interim Assessment Creation and Review Team, the Recruiting and Retention Advisory Council, and the Caddo ELA Task Force. While continuously attending professional developments to become an even greater educator, Mrs. Barnes continued on her lifelong, learning journey and received her Educational Leadership certification. She knew she had an impact on the lives of her students in her classroom, but embraced her calling to expand that impact on a grander scale.
When she is not devoting her time to the children of Caddo Parish, Mrs. Barnes is spending quality time with her supportive husband, Jimmy Barnes, Jr., and their three beautiful children.