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Victor Mainiero, M.Ed.

Victor Mainiero

What I do now:  Director of High Schools for Caddo Parish Schools

My work/job consists of:  In my current role at the central office level, I oversee 10 high schools.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):  As a graduate of Caddo Magnet High School, Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS) and Centenary College, I have served Caddo Parish as a career educator with 24 years of classroom and administrative experience. Beginning my career at Southwood High School as a social studies teacher, I would be selected as an assistant principal after nine years. Four years later, I became the Principal of Youree Drive Middle School where I served five years. I have been an administrator at the district level for the past seven years serving first as Director of Communications, and now as the Director of High Schools for Caddo Parish Schools. With my wife Melissa, who is also an educator, and three children ages 10, 20, and 22, I am very conscious of the need to improve the quality of education in our state. 

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):   Graduating in 1987 from Caddo Magnet High School, a group of close friends would begin their college careers together at LSUS.

Fond memories of LSUS:  Meeting the person who would become my wife and the mother of our three children.  I remember seeing Melissa on campus, but our first meeting would wait until our final semester.  Through multiple twists and turns, including Melissa’s student teaching assignment changing three times, we would end up together as student teachers at Caddo Magnet High School.

LSUS faculty who helped me:  Dr. Jesse DeMello helped me find my place as a teacher and coach. His continuous drive and dedication to my personal success is something I will never forget.

How LSUS helped me succeed:  The opportunities to interact directly with faculty members on a regular basis positioned me to be supported from day one.

Advice to college-bound students:  Since our oldest just completed his Bachelors degree, this is very much on my mind. I would say that there is no “IF you mess up.” Instead, remember that “WHEN you mess up” you need to figure out very quickly what is to be learned and how not to make the same mistake again.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:  If you choose the field of education, be ready to work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord, not for man.  Colossians 3:23

When my wife and I entered the field of education, we had a basic set of knowledge and skills, were aware of the salary and benefits, and liked the idea of the schedule.  But neither of us could have begun to guess how hard we would have to work to make a difference day after day, month after month and year after year.

Tips on choosing a major or career:  Find what you love to do and make it your career. Be prepared to change your path as you listen to your heart and those around you.  After changing my major multiple times, I settled on HPE. If I had searched my heart, it would have been clear that teaching and coaching soccer is what I was meant to do.  Soon after graduating, I would be ushered into a position as an American History teacher. Listen to the mentors around you who know your gifts and watch for the opportunities in front of you.

My toughest professional challenge:  As a principal, there are many hard decisions to be made and events you either witness or are part of.  One of the hardest happened early in my role as principal when a parent of a special needs child said “You, Mr. Mainiero, have no clue what it is like to have a child with a disability.”  At that time, no words would have been the right words to say, but I would later have the opportunity to share with that parent and many others that yes, I do know what it is like to raise a child with a significant disability.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:

Dean's and Chancellor's Lists at LSUS
Caddo District Soccer Coach of the Year
2015 LSUS Alumni Circle of Excellence Award
Louisiana BETA Club Board Member 2015-present
National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) Facilitator 2016-present
Completed 1st cohort of the Louisiana Superintendent Academy in 2017

I’ve learned this from life:  Proverbs 3:6  In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

What I’d be doing if I had all the time in the world:  Making purposeful memories with each member of my family by taking time to plan activities, trips, and special outings that are meant just for them.  

(Click here to read more about Melissa, Victor's wife, and Class of '93 LSUS Alum)

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