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DeSoto Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
“Oscar of Teaching” Goes to Lindsey Parker of North DeSoto Elementary 3-5 for Mentoring Teachers and Students Alike
Lindsey Parker got the surprise of her career today when she was presented with the prestigious Milken Educator Award—and its accompanying $25,000 cash prize—before a schoolwide assembly at North DeSoto Elementary 3-5 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Parker hones her outstanding instructional skills as a master teacher in TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, a comprehensive initiative implemented districtwide that is focused on increasing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement growth.
DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching President and Milken Educator Dr. Gary Stark (AR ’01) delivered the news of the award.
Parker is one of up to 40 recipients across the country this school year who will be receiving the honor during the 2014–15 season and is the sole recipient in Louisiana. The Milken Award recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education.
“We’ve been presenting these awards for almost 30 years because we believe—and the research proves it—that effective educators represent the most important school-based factor in improving student performance,” said Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation. “Lindsey Parker is a true leader who helps drive instructional excellence at North DeSoto 3-5 and serves as a valuable mentor throughout the district, state and at national levels.”
Along with the fanfare and recognition, Parker now belongs to the Milken Educator Network of more than 2,600 K–12 teachers, principals and specialists from around the country.
“Mrs. Parker is a passionate, knowledgeable, and driven educator committed to our mission of ensuring learning for all students,” said Brumley. “She represents the incredible instructional talent we have within our system and, with this honor, she assumes the responsibility of being a faithful ambassador for the fantastic work we’re doing in DeSoto Parish.”
Hailing from a family of educators, Lindsey Parker is a role model in her unflagging enthusiasm as a lifelong learner and her willingness to do whatever it takes to help others reach their fullest potential. In her position as a master teacher, Parker shares leadership responsibilities with the principal through conducting weekly professional development meetings tied to overall goals, supporting teachers in the classroom by modeling exemplary instructional practices, team-teaching and targeting strategies that fit specific student needs, and providing regular and meaningful feedback to her colleagues that help move the school forward.
Parker is admired for her challenging, research-based and thought-provoking lessons. She draws from her previous experience as a Language Arts teacher in the district to excel as a teacher leader at North DeSoto Elementary 3-5, where she has worked since 2010. Her roots in DeSoto Parish as a resident and graduate of Logansport High School also add richness to her craft and commitment to student growth.
For photos and video of Parker receiving her Milken Educator Award, visit http://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/educators/view/lindsey-parker.
KEEL News Radio 71 Interview with Dr. Brumley and Lindsey Parker
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