Meet Mrs. Parker
Sixth Grade
English Language-Arts and Social Studies

 North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge Cohort 2015-2016

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My Philosophy: 
I believe that learning should be engaging, relevant, and, above all, fun!  When students leave my classroom, I hope they are leaders, readers, writers and have a desire to be life-long learners.
About me:
I was born and have lived in Asheville all my life.  I graduated from Erwin High School and received degrees from UNC Asheville and Western Carolina University.  I have a 21-year-old daughter who is a graduate from TC Roberson, a 21-year-old stepson, an amazing husband and lots of pets.  I love animals, books, positive people and being outside!   

For Buncombe County Schools: 
* This is my 18th year teaching, (my 9th year at Koontz), I have taught 3rd, 4th and 6th grades
 * I was the adviser for National Junior Honor Society for 6 years, (our 2014-2015 project, "Veteran Appreciation", our 2015-2016 project, "Leading the Way with Kindness", our 2017-2018 project, "Respect for All",  and our 2018-2019 project FIND YOUR VOICE!  were all selected for submission into the National Junior Honor Society Project Database!)  Our 2019-2020 theme was "Stepping Up For Planet Earth".  
* I am a member of the Buncombe County Social Studies Leadership Team, the Student Leadership Team, and the county Diversity/Racial Equity Teams.  I am also the facilitator for the Koontz Equity Team. 
* In my career, I have served on the following committees: Math Team, Science Team, School Improvement Team, Graduation Initiative, Crisis Prevention, Hearing Board, Safe Schools, Hospitality, Lighthouse Team, Student Lighthouse Team, PTO Advisory, and ELA Leadership Team.
* I have K-6 certification, 6-9 Language Arts certification, AIG Endorsement, a Masters in Education, a Bachelors in Psychology, and a Global Educator Digital Badge.
* I was the 96.5 Teacher of the Month for May 2015.
* I received the CT Koontz Service Award in 2015.
* I am honored to be chosen as the Teacher of the Year for my school and the TC Roberson district for the 2019-2020 school year, and the 2020 Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year.

At UNC Asheville:

* I teach GRE and SAT preparation classes which I have taught for the last 16 years.
* I spent two semesters as an adjunct professor of Social Studies Methods classes for future teachers. 
* I was an instructor for the summer writing camp "All Things Writing" for 5 years.
* I am the Effective Teacher Training instructor for substitute teachers.
* I help to facilitate the summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school teachers.
I'm so excited to be a part of your child's life and learning!