2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year Shelly Parks named new FHN assistant principal

Posted on 02/25/2022
Shelly Parks named Francis Howell North High School assistant principal

The Francis Howell School District announced Ms. Shelly Parks as the next assistant principal at Francis Howell North High School (FHN) for the 2022-2023 school year.

Parks has taught English in the District for two decades. Her passion is teaching Advanced Placement Foundations, sophomore English and senior AP English at FHN.

She was named the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Parks was previously honored as the 2018 Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have been a classroom teacher at FHN for 20 years with administrators who have encouraged me to grow and take risks to improve learning for students,” Parks said. “I want to be that type of leader for more FHN teachers.”

In addition to her work in the classroom, Parks has received numerous professional recognitions and attended and led countless professional development sessions. She is engaged in many aspects of the Francis Howell learning community. In 2007, she became a National Board Certified Teacher and was recertified in 2016. She won the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 and was named the FHN Teacher of the Year in 2017. She serves as the English Language Arts Department Chair and has led District and school-level Professional Development sessions on Kagan and Marzano instructional strategies. She has also served as Professional Learning Community (PLC) leader and curriculum writer for English II, Creative Writing and AP Literature and Composition.

“In my classroom, I have always operated with the philosophy, “If it’s not good enough for my own kids, it’s not good enough for my students.” My philosophy will remain the same in this new role, and I look forward to working with teachers, the administration team and the community to ensure that, collectively, we provide the very best education for each one of our students,” Parks said.

She has led one of the largest student councils in the state of Missouri, teaching and developing leadership skills to hundreds of students since becoming a Student Council Sponsor in 2003. She also coached girls’ basketball from 2002-to 2008.

Ms. Parks received a bachelor’s degree in English from Harding University and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 
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