Nashunte’ Ragster-Manuel is a Native of Shreveport, LA. She’s a 1999 graduate of Grambling State University with a BA in Psychology and her Master’s in Education and Human Services. In addition to her degrees, she has completed all coursework toward her Doctoral Degree in Human Services- Social Services & Community Services. She has worked with the Caddo Parish School Board Homeless Education Program as the Resource Case Manager for 15 years, where she has been instrumental in conducting HUD workshops, acting as a grant writer, and advocating both locally and nationally with the community to ensure that all homeless families have resources needed to attend school and become self-sufficient. For three years, Mrs. Ragster-Manuel also worked as the housing/employment coordinator for the Providence House Family Shelter in Shreveport, LA. That position has allowed her to network with the community while building strong relationships with national and local companies for future partnerships. She is also responsible for assisting homeless individuals in finding a career/job to reach self-sufficiency. Mrs. Ragster-Manuel believes these positions allow her to advocate locally and nationally for this population. With her assistance, clients connected with services that would be difficult to reach without support. Currently, Mrs. Ragster-Manuel works as an Educator with Caddo Parish Schools to share her gifts with the Students of Green Oaks High School and assist in helping them become business professionals. She serves in many capacities on the Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy campus (Business Teacher, DECA Coordinator, AP Psychology, AP Computer Science Instructor, and Adjunct Dual Enrollment Professor Intro to Sociology Susla). She wants to ensure all students have the skills, guidance, and motivation to lead them toward a successful career. Mrs. Ragster-Manuel lives by the motto, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." ~Marian Wright Edelman
NSHSS is always looking to find ways to support our network of educators, especially those who are constantly looking to support their students. To help offset the financial burden, NSHSS is awarding fifteen (15) high school educators $500 grants to help provide additional opportunities to their students and classrooms.