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Dr. Deborah Parker
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Erwin Montessori Elementary School "where children learn by doing". I am the proud principal of Erwin and this is my 16th year as principal of this phenomenal magnet school. We are proud EAGLES! This will be an unprecedented year beginning school remotely. It is new and different for all of us. There are numerous challenges to face, and while none of us individually have all of the answers......TOGETHER we can and will be successful. I am asking all staff to be patient and flexible with students, with parents, with colleagues, and with Central Office staff. I am asking the same from parents. Please be patient and flexible with us. Our primary goal this year is the same as the GCS goal which is to serve the largest number of students for the greatest amount of time while keeping students and staff healthy and safe. As EAGLES, all we do is erWIN!
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 in 2001.
Because Erwin Montessori is an outstanding school with excelling students, stellar teachers and staff, and supportive parents, we have been named a NC State School of Character and 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.
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.
Plan to get connected and join the PTA. Feel free to reach out to me with questions, concerns and suggestions. My contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org, text is 336 382-3401.