SHREVEPORT, La. - Walking the halls of Booker T. Washington High School as a student, Crystal Tate Barnes knew she wanted to be an educator and help others.
Walking the halls of Booker T. Washington High School as a student, Crystal Tate Barnes knew she wanted to be an educator and help others.
to now be able to implement supports to provide students the skills needed for them to achieve their dreams.”
As an assistant principal of instruction for the school prior to today’s announcement, Barnes was instrumental in guiding BTW through the implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), which seeks to provide onsite daily coaching to teachers to improve instruction based on individual student needs. The TAP program is nationally regarded as one of the single most substantive programs a school or district can put in place to support student learning.
Additionally, Barnes has worked closely with her teachers and staff to ensure all teachers are prepared and supported with the highest quality curriculum. Teachers have spent the past year training in new curriculum and resources in order to enhance classroom instruction and content knowledge.
“This was no doubt a difficult decision as the district thoughtfully worked with community and stakeholder groups to determine the shared goals for Booker T. Washington and find a leader who best fits overseeing that vision becoming a reality,” Dr. Goree said. “Ultimately, we believe the best fit for guiding this historic campus is none other than one who rose up through the campus as a student and administrator herself. Mrs. Barnes has the background knowledge and the relationships to bring substantive progress to BTW and we have all the faith she will continue to progress BTW to academic success.”
A graduate of Grambling State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Barnes also holds a master of arts in teaching from Northwestern State University and education leadership training through the National Institute for School Leadership and Advance Innovative Education.
Barnes said enhancing class offerings and embedding college and career-focused skills throughout the school’s curriculum are keys to the vision she shares with the community.
“Booker T. has long held a special place in my heart and it is my hope that through partnerships with parents, students, alumni and community members we will be able to continue the positive momentum at this great campus and make Booker T. Washington High School a school to watch,” Barnes said.