Linda Parker is the only principal Trophy Club’s Byron Nelson High School has ever had. But soon she will move over to a director’s position, overseeing secondary education for the entire Northwest school district.
Northwest Trustees at their April 28 meeting approved Parker as the district’s next director of education for the district. She has been principal at Nelson since the district’s second comprehensive high school opened in 2009.
"I am excited to serve the community, staff and students in this new position," Parker said. "I am looking forward to continue to bring positivity and leadership to an organization that is focused on student success and achievement."
Parker, who has worked in the Northwest school district since 2001, provides plenty of experience. She’s worked in education for 28 years, 18 in the classroom and 11 in administration. Prior to Northwest, Parker worked in Boyd school district and in West Texas at O’Donnell school district.
She will finish the school year at Nelson, and a new principal will be named before the school year is over.
"Dr. Parker is an experienced educator with proven leadership skills in Northwest ISD," Superintendent Karen Rue told Trustees.
Parker earned a doctorate in education at Nova Southeastern University. She holds a master’s degree in education from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor of science from Texas Tech University.
She was selected as a member of the 2013-14 Principals’ Visioning Institute, where she trains and works with fellow principals across Texas who are focused on the transformation of education.
She is also an adjunct professor for Dallas Baptist University and has presented across the state at various conferences, such as the Texas Association of High School Principals and the Conference for Advancement of Mathematics Teaching.
Parker currently serves on the board of directors for the Texas Association of School Principals.