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Dr. Deborah Parker
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year at Erwin Montessori Elementary School "where children learn by doing". I am the proud principal of Erwin and this is my 14th year as principal of this phenomenal magnet school. We are proud EAGLES!
E - Encourage Others
A - Act Responsibly
G - Give Respect
L - Listen and Learn
E - Embrace Differences
S - Show Self Control
Originally from Washington, DC, my first principalship was at Sunset Park Elementary School in Wilmington, NC. While at Sunset Park, the school received numerous awards for academic achievement and parental involvement. As a result, I was named the New Hanover County Principal of the Year, Southeast Regional Principal of the Year, and subsequently went on to become the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Distinguished Principal of the Year for the state of North Carolina.
Erwin Montessori is an outstanding school with excelling students, stellar teachers and staff, and supportive parents. During the past school year, Erwin Montessori was selected as a NC State School of Character and we went on to be one of only five schools in the state to be named a National School of Character. Erwin was twice selected as one of Guilford County's 15 Most Improved Schools. Additionally, Erwin was named a NC Honor School of Excellence in 2009 and a School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America. The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium selected Erwin Montessori as a "Signature School" during the 2009-10 school year. Erwin was also named a North Carolina School of Distinction in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, I had the honor of being selected Guilford County's first Magnet Principal of the Year. In 2011, Erwin was the only Montessori School in the state of North Carolina School named a School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America. During the 2014-15 and
2016-17 school years, Erwin won the "Promising Practices" Award for character education.
I am very interested in school improvement at both the national and international levels. Subsequently, I have done presentations with the International Center for Leadership in Education (Model Schools Conference) in Washington, DC; Orlando Florida; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Hawaii. Additionally, I presented in Jackson, Mississippi at the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents.
In my spare time, I love to travel with my family, read and collect art.