Mario Layne

Director of Strategic Partnerships

mario@engage2learn.org

Dr. Mario Layne joins the E2L team as Director of Strategic Partnerships. His career spans 20 years as an educator, with the last 10 years serving in various principal roles at alternative, middle school and high school campuses.
Throughout his career, Dr. Layne has passionately worked to transform student outcomes and advance opportunities for students in disadvantaged communities.  Most notably, under Dr. Layne’s leadership, Oscar Dean Wyatt High School in Fort Worth ISD propelled from a struggling campus to one of the best in FWISD and closed achievement gaps for African American and Hispanic students. In 2018-19, O. D. Wyatt shifted from 58 rating to a 78 rating overall. Additionally, Dr. Layne collaborated with area philanthropists to develop an early collegiate program at Wyatt H. S. Dr. Layne also implemented social/emotional supports that cut referrals and discipline by more than 60%, increased attendance from 89% to 93.5%, and increased enrollment by over 200 students. As Principal of Everman High School, Dr. Layne guided the implementation of daily PLCs, master schedule redesign and teacher recruitment while navigating to challenges of the COVID pandemic.
Through his leadership, Everman High School outperformed pre-pandemic STAAR scores in several areas and is poised to perform on par with some of the best campuses in the region despite being 95% low SES.
Dr. Layne is an active member of the Fort Worth Area Alliance of Black School Educators (FWAABSE) and a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators.  In 2019, he served as one of the chairs for FWAABSE’s Leadership Summit and led the  growth from 35 in 2018 to 125 attendees in 2019. Currently, he is the chair of the Central Office Commission to TABSE.
Dr. Layne earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance at Texas Tech  University, master’s degree in educational administration from Texas Woman’s  University and his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State  University. He and his wife have been married for almost 20 years and their son Caimyn, is a middle linebacker at Lamar University.

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