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.
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 tooker 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.
Mrs. Alice White is native of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is no stranger to rigorous instruction, and attended Eden Gardens, Caddo Middle Magnet, and Caddo Magnet High School.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from University of New Orleans. She later obtained her teacher certification in secondary English from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Mrs. White also received dual Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from Capella University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Capella University.
Mrs. White began her educational career almost ten years ago, when she began teaching at Turner Elementary/Middle School. In her tenure at Turner, she served as a sixth and seventh grade English Language Arts/Reading teacher and was Student Council sponsor.
Mrs. White then moved on to begin teaching at North DeSoto High School. While teaching at NDHS, she taught English I, English IV, and AP Literature and Composition. Mrs. White was also the outgoing head cheer coach, and under her leadership the squad won first place in competitions for five years straight.
Mrs. White is a member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and Top Ladies of Distinction. She is also a member of Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church. In her spare time, Mrs. White enjoys spending time with her husband Antwoine, friends, and family. She also enjoys shopping, reading, traveling, and watching football and basketball.
Mrs. White’s educational philosophy is driven by Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” She is dedicated to being a lifelong learner, and ensuring that Woodlawn is providing a learning experience that is promoting academic, social, and life skills so that students can be confident and self-directed citizens in society.
Mrs. White is certainly proud to be a part of the Woodlawn Leadership Academy family, and is extremely dedicated to promoting rigorous instruction at the Castle.
Assistant Principal – Discipline (Interim)
Dr. Williford began his career in education in 1987 as a Special Education
Teacher at Northwest State School for Special School District #1. He has
experience in teaching, coaching and administration. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Special Education from Northeast Louisiana University. He
later earned his first Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree from New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also holds an
earned Master’s Degree of Educational Leadership from the University of
Louisiana in Monroe, Louisiana.
He is married to his high school sweetheart with two grown children, son-inlaw
and one adorable granddaughter. Dr. Williford and his family returned to
Shreveport in 2005 from Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
He has taught school in DeSoto and Caddo Parishes, in elementary, middle and
high schools. He has served as Head Baseball Coach and assistant Football
Coach at Woodlawn. Dr. Williford has served as the Lead Teacher and
Department Head for the Special Education Department as well as the
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Principal of
Administration/Discipline at Woodlawn. While, Mr. Anderson, Assistant
Principal of Administration/Discipline, is serving our great country in the Air
Force National Guard (Thank you and your family for your service and
sacrifices Mr. Anderson) I have the distinct privilege to serve Woodlawn
Leadership Academy students faculty, staff and the families of the community,
as the Interim Assistant Principal of Administration/Discipline.
Dr. Williford also serves pastor of a local church. When time allows, he enjoys
spending time with family, the outdoors, hunting and fishing and supporting
LSU Fighting Tigers Football and Baseball teams.
Dr. Williford’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.