Hailing from a family of educators, teacher 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. She hones these skills as a master teacher in TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, comprehensive initiative implemented districtwide that is focused on increasing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement growth.
In her position, 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.
Parker’s contributions have helped lead the campus to measurable progress. The percentage of students performing at Mastery or Advanced levels in Language Arts at her school has risen by 20%—from 22% to 42%—between 2011 and 2014. DeSoto 3-5 was identified by the Louisiana Department of Education as a Top Gains School with over 13% student growth, and its grade as determined by the state accountability system has gone from “C” to “B.”
Parker has made an equally impressive impact throughout her district presenting model lessons and curriculum based on the TAP Instructional Rubrics and through her mentoring of colleagues at all stages of their careers. She is known for rolling up her sleeves and getting to work, particularly when there is a new challenge to pursue. She models lifelong learning for students and colleagues alike, including mentoring new master teachers. Parker is happiest when she is teaching, and her energy and enthusiasm motivate others.
Beyond the school, Parker is the liaison for parents and community partners and provides workshops to assist stakeholders in supporting students. A talented and sought-after leader, Parker has participated in a number of district, state and national conferences, trainings and leadership committees. Activities have included presenting at the National TAP Conference, creating guidebooks and assessments for English Language Arts (ELA) academic standards, and serving as a teacher leader and advisor for the Louisiana Department of Education—in which Parker trains educators statewide.
“Every day I dedicate myself to leading my teachers with my heart. I listen. I learn. I inspire. As an educator at a TAP school, I have..." (read more)