Cassandra Barker-Carr

Cassandra Barker-Carr

K-12 Principal Strategist


ACT, Inc.

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in a small town in Louisiana with limited exposure to careers outside of K-12 education and the oil field. Experiences in a program at Grambling State University gave me new possibilities.
Being a part of the Women's Basketball team at University of Louisiana at Monroe gave me a support system similar to that of my family; a home away from home.
Upon graduating with a BA in Psychology, I had a better understanding of people but was unsure how to translate that skill in to a career so I enrolled in graduate school.
Becoming a teacher in the K-12 setting gave me a new purpose in life. The urban schools in which I chose to work helped me to see the incredible impact educators make on a day-to-day basis.
Became a high school and then middle school principal by the time I was 30. Overcame issues with trust in my leadership by directly involving educators & remaining focused on outcomes for students.
In each setting, my intent was to impact every student in the building with what I had learned along my career journey.
My most defining moment was when I had my daughter, she is the oldest of my two kids. At that point, the work that I was doing as an educator became really real.
In 2004, I began looking for an organization making a huge impact on the world with a mission that aligned with my own. Finding an organization like ACT has been a paramount moment in my career.
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Education

High School
Lake Arthur High School
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University of Louisiana-Monroe
Graduate
Counseling Psychology
University of Louisiana-Monroe
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Nova Southeastern University

Career

K-12 Principal Strategist

Use ACT data insights with K-12 organizations to develop initiatives that ultimately lead to improved student outcomes.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Numbers
Helping People

Day to Day

For me, everyday is a great day of work however the most fulfilling days are when I have helped someone to look at ACT data differently than they have in the past and together we've discovered a new way to integrate it into their everyday decision making for students.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

To do what I do, one needs have a high level of discernment for how and with whom to network to reach one's goals. Additionally, one needs to have the ability to speak publicly and the confidence to do this in front of large groups of people.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Counseling Psychology
doctorate
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

""Ni**er B***h". Athletes are dumb. "All lives matter" as a response to "Black lives matter" to diminish the emphasis on Black people and Black issues. You have advanced because of affirmative action - Black and a woman."