Lola Kendrick of Shreveport served Caddo Parish for 30 years, where she was recognized as an outstanding teacher, researcher, public relations head and Assistant to the Superintendent. She has been a community education activist, serving on numerous boards and clubs, constantly researching and writing education- and youth-related grants.

Kendrick earned her undergraduate degree in 1961 and a master’s from Northwestern in 1967. In addition to her work as a teacher and administrator, she served for eight years as an education specialist for Workforce Commission in the governor’s office, where she was responsible for researching education issues, such as preparing a work-ready workforce and career planning. She was the principal author of a report that has been widely used and quoted in Louisiana workforce, education and economic development arenas. The report has continued to be updated and is featured in a Council for a Better Louisiana report.

Kendrick was one of two principal authors to develop and write Louisiana’s School to Work Grant that resulted in more than $25 million in funding distributed to education systems and partners. She is currently heading a team that is made of agency and business partners writing a Youth Build grant application for north Louisiana. Since her retirement, Kendrick has continued to be a tireless community volunteer in education, using her research, writing and presentation skills for the good of the students of Louisiana, including the disadvantaged and drop-outs.