• Mr. Parker, the Hairston Media Coordinator, at his computer

    Greetings from the Media Center

    I know this is going to be an unusual start to the school year, but The New Hairston staff is here to help!

    It is my pleasure to be your media coordinator for the 5th year. I was formally at Dudley and Western Guilford High Schools and served as a substitute in media centers and classrooms for several years.

    Prior to coming to the field of education, I spent more than 30 years at Syngenta Crop Protection in the Research & Development and IT departments in a technology role supporting the research groups, mostly field research scientists, providing them computers, training and ongoing daily support, a job I loved dearly because of the awesome team of people who became friends, not just clients.  It is my hope I can bring that same passion to a similar role in the middle school.  

    The role of libraries and librarians have radically changed over the years due in part to the evolving technology we have all become accustomed to using each day. My role is to blend that with the traditional information housed in databases librarians can educate everyone in and enrich the research experience as well as educating staff, teachers, and students in how to better use the technology of today.  Since Hairston is one of the middle school programs running in a 1:1 computer to student program, librarians can enhance the use of these devices and offer each person with the opportunity for a richer reward from the devices and systems they can access.

    Presently, I am working on a Master’s in STEM Science Education at NC State then plan to continue to a PhD in STEM Education or in the field of Microbiology or Virology. I guess you could say I am truly a lifelong learner, inspired by my upbringing, an overall general curiosity, and a love of science I hope to have young people experience.  I look forward to helping students grow and learn by experiencing all the media center has to offer. 


    Feel free to contact me using email: parkerl@gcsnc.com  or by calling the school at: (336) 370-8280


     Leonard F. Parker, Jr.