Dr. Porchaneé A. White, a 1984 graduate of Beaumont’s West Brook High School, is the daughter of Wilma Hooks White, a retired teacher with 37 years of experience, and the late Clifton White, Sr. who owned several successful business enterprises in Beaumont. She is currently a member of the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership at Lamar University where she has taught masters, doctorate and freshman classes. Dr. White earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Lamar in 1989. In 1998, she received a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A & M University where she later, in 2011, earned her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. White belongs to many organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pioneering Women of Southeast Texas, Texas Association for the Improvement in Reading, the National, Texas and Lamar Alliances of Black School Educators to name a few.
Dr. White has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, director of an after school reading academy, district lead instructional coach and assistant principal in the Beaumont (BISD) and Port Arthur (PAISD) independent school districts before moving to the university. She helped to initiate the successful implementation of the instructional coaches’ program and the after school reading academy in PAISD. She also holds many lifetime certifications in the field of education. She has taught Children's and Youth church. She is the graduation ministry leader and scholarship coordinator. Dr. White has written curriculum for school districts and her church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where the pastor is Dr. John R. Adolph. She recently published her first book, The Inside School, in hopes of bringing educators, parents and community together. She is looking forward to the publication of her second book.
In the summer of 2018, Dr. White was invited to speak at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. In addition to Oxford, she traveled to Windsor and London in England as well as to Paris, France. In 2009, she served as an Educational Consultant on the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers Texas Textbook Advisory Committee. Her articles on education are Indexed in ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) and published in the National Teacher Forum Journal. Dr. White is listed on the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers 2006-2007 and in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1997 and 2006. She was nominated for the prestigious American Disney Teacher of the year award in 2001, and was Westbrook High School’s Bruin of the Decade in 2004. She also received the Good Apple Teacher of the Year award in both 1998 and 2002. Dr. White has served on the Texas Education Agency Assessment Committees in 2005 and 2006 where she assisted with the state test. She was featured on Prairie View A&M University’s Access Recruitment Video and Commercial and Lamar University’s System Analyst Report. She was recently nominated as Beaumont Black Business Woman of the Week (See link below - scroll up/down to see more.).