Parker is thrilled to join the Equal Opportunity Schools team as a Partnership Director. She began her educational career as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at UNC Chapel Hill. Upon graduating, she taught a range of secondary English/Language Arts courses in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools while she completed a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the UNC Charlotte.
After teaching and leading at the school level, Parker served as the AVID District Director and Advanced Studies Specialist in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Department of Teaching and Learning. The injustices she witnessed as a teacher and leader drove Parker to focus on the changes needed to mitigate the systemic inequities within advanced coursework opportunities for low-income students and students of color while serving in these roles.
After nearly a decade working for CMS, Parker was anxious to learn more broadly about the structural inequities she witnessed and began her doctoral coursework at Clemson University, where she also served as a Graduate Research Assistant. Parker continues as a doctoral candidate, with her dissertation work centering on school principals’ spheres of influence and the ways in which they navigate unique school contexts to work towards closing racialized opportunity gaps.
Parker’s work at Clemson primarily examined the role of school leaders’ learning and continuous improvement approaches to achieving organizational change for more equitable student outcomes. It can be found in scholarly publications including the Journal of Educational Change and the Journal of Educational Administration. She has also contributed to publications in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.
As a very proud new Mom, Parker has gained a newfound appreciation for sleep and enjoys relaxing time with family and friends.