Dr. Smith has been involved in education for over 18 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies Education with a Minor in English from University of Louisiana at Monroe.  He later pursued his Master’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University and earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Smith began his teaching career in Webster Parish as a teacher and ending up in the seat of Principal. He worked in capacity of English, Social Studies, football coach, softball coach and his first love Band Director.

He came to Woodlawn and Caddo Parish in 2014 and has enjoyed it ever since. After a stay as Principal of Caddo Middle Career and Technology, he was named Principal at Woodlawn where his heart is with the Knights!

Dr. Smith believes that all children can learn but each learns in a different way and at different rates.  He believes that with hard work and perseverance we can touch each child in a special way.  Keeping the atmosphere positive is the key to success as well as keeping the lines of communication open among staff, students, and parents.  He feels that teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the goal of helping a child attain his or her full potential.

Dr. Smith is a very visible principal and he states that the best part of his job is visiting the students in all areas of the school.  He gets to know every student and every student gets to know him.  Dr. Smith’s motto is “It’s the Woodlawn Way.”

He is involved with many professional and civic organizations, including Caddo Association of Educators, Louisiana Association of Educators, Louisiana School Executives Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Mt. Zion CME Church of Minden.

When he is not supporting the Knights, he loves spending time with his family, including his wife Janelle and three kids…Tristan, Keegan and Landon. Also watching sports, watching tv and listening to music.

Assistant Principal

Mr. Joseph Anderson is a veteran educator who has over twelve years of experience in the fields of
teaching, coaching, and administration. He is married with three children. Originally from
Crowley, Louisiana, Mr. Anderson has called Shreveport home for the last twelve years. In
2000, he attended Grambling State University and received his Bachelor of Science in
Kinesiology. During his time at Grambling, Mr. Anderson served his country by enlisting in
the Air Force National Guard. He has served overseas in Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait.

In 2006, Mr. Anderson became the PE teacher and boy’s basketball coach at Turner
Elementary/Middle School. Mr. Anderson has always valued continuing education, so in
2008, he enrolled in Louisiana Tech’s Educational Leadership program, while maintaining his
teaching position. After three years of teaching and coaching at Turner, Mr. Anderson moved
to Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy as a PE teacher and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach.
Under his leadership he led them to three district championships along with five playoff
appearances in his eight years at the helm. Former Green Oaks’ principal and current District
Transformation and Innovation Officer, Marvin Alexander, saw leadership potential in Mr.
Anderson and asked him to serve as the Administrative Assistant of Discipline. In that
capacity, Mr. Anderson gained extensive knowledge of the discipline policy and valuable
experience in handling behavior problems.

Mr. Anderson’s educational and administrative philosophy is to always be firm, fair, and
consistent when interacting with students, parents, and faculty. He believes wholeheartedly
that where there is no discipline, there is no learning. He will use his experience in the
military and in coaching to bring structure and firm discipline to Woodlawn Leadership


LaToria W. Stewart is a native of Monroe, LA. She obtained a Bachelor of Science
degree with a concentration of Cellular and Molecular Biology from Louisiana
State University in Shreveport in May 2007. Ms. Stewart received her Masters of
Health Administration from Louisiana State University in December 2009 and her
Masters of Art in Teaching in December 2012 from Northwestern State University.
While at Northwestern, Ms. Stewart researched and delivered a presentation on how
utilizing differentiated instruction and response to intervention methods can
increase student performance.

Ms. Stewart began her educational career at Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy
where she held the roles of Biology I/ AP Biology teacher, TAP mentor teacher, and science
department chair. During her time at Green Oaks, Ms. Stewart was chosen as the
2014-2015 Caddo Parish High School Teacher of the Year. She then took her instructional
skills to Lakeshore Middle School after accepting the position of content coach. As content
coach, her main responsibilities included facilitating data meetings to help teachers modify
instruction in their classroom and facilitating professional learning communities to help teachers implement school wide instructional strategies.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Ms. Stewart’s role was TAP Master Teacher at Fair Park Preparatory Academy. Ms. Stewart facilitated cluster meetings, facilitated data meetings, and supported teachers on implementing the TAP instructional rubric through their own content areas.

Ms. Stewart is excited to be one of the Assistant Principals of Instruction. She knows the importance of empowering students and teachers in a school to build an environment that is conducive to learning. Ms. Stewart is highly motivated and ready to support the Woodlawn faculty and staff members in providing effective instruction that is delivered in classrooms daily.

Ms. Stewart is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Louisiana Tech University. Ms. Stewart’s proudest accomplishment is being a mother to two beautiful children, Camryn Stewart and Caden Stewart.