Lana Cloth Edwards, is a dedicated educator who devoted 37 years serving the Houston, Texas community as a teacher, Magnet School Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
She received her BA Degree in English Education from Dillard University; M. Ed. In Administration and Supervision from Texas Southern University; and advanced studies at the University of Houston.
Lana was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been a resident of Houston for 50 years and serves her community through mentoring youth and volunteering in various organizations. She is the mother adult children – Al Edwards II (Dantrelle), Jason K. Edwards (Denise), and Alana Edwards Holloway – and the proud grandmother of five.
She has served as a teacher at Fieldston Ethical Culture School, Bronx, New York; Samuel J. Green Junior High School, New Orleans, LA; and in Houston, she has served at Fondren Middle School; Houston Technical Institute; Lamar High School; and the High School for Health Professions (DeBakey), where she also served as the English Department Chairperson and Magnet Coordinator; the Assistant Principal at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA); and the Principal at H.I.S.D.’s Windsor Village Elementary School.
Her community service has involved providing scholarships for youth, accompanying HSPVA students on international performances and educational trips to China, Spain and London, England; fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and St. Jude’s Hospital and Breast Cancer Awareness; assisting Rita / Katrina / Ike hurricanes donation drives; volunteering in political campaigns; and serving as a delegate in the 1984 Democratic National Convention.
Lana has been affiliated with the following organizations: Hermann Park Conservancy Board; Democratic National Committee; African American Library at the Gregory School Board; Texas Retired Teachers Association; Houston-Harris County Retired Teachers Association; HSPVA Friends; Sisters Network; Founding Sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is a Past President of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and a member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
She has been honored for superior service and commitment to excellence by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Sugar Valley Chapter; the Black Nurses Association of Greater Houston; and Houston-Harris County Retired Teachers Association.
Lana is truly blessed to be a 21-year breast cancer survivor.