After more than two decades at Grayson County Middle School, Gary Parker has been named the school’s new principal.
Parker recently completed his 22nd year at GCMS and 24th year overall as an educator.
A Logan County native, Parker taught music and band, and originally came to Grayson County as Grayson County High School Band Director, a position he held for about eight years.
While he is “super excited” to begin his tenure as GCMS Principal, Parker said he does so on “a bit of a somber note,” leaving behind the band program he spent so many years cultivating and leading.
However, he said, he feels content about leaving the program in the capable hands of Aaron and Ashley Bell.
Parker said he began working to become a principal after some of his colleagues thought he would excel in an administrative role.
Those colleagues encouraged him to get involved with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, an organization that provides resources to educators taking administrative classes.
Parker has been involved with that program for the last two years and completed his administrative classes this summer.
Though he has always loved his students and teaching, Parker said, the administrative facet of education allows him to broaden his scope of influence.
“I have a lot of love for this school,” said Parker, citing the “amazing faculty and staff” and the progress he has seen the school make during his tenure there.
“I’m looking forward to keeping that positive momentum going,” he said.
One of Parker’s primary goals as principal is to bring GCMS faculty, staff, parents, and community partners together to establish a new, shared vision for the school.
Parker wants to allow all the “stakeholders” in the school’s success the opportunity to give their input.
And Gary Parker said he has a big stake in the school, as well, as his two oldest sons, Jackson (soon to be a GCHS Senior) and Mason (soon to be a GCHS Freshman), both went through GCMS, and his youngest son, Davis, is soon to be a 6th grader at the school.
Gary Parker is married to Tonya Parker, who will begin her 24th year of teaching at H.W. Wilkey Elementary School this fall.
Parker replaces former Principal Jim Blain, whom moved to the Grayson County Technology Center to serve as that school’s principal and also assume responsibility for Title 1/Federal Funds programs, according to Grayson County Schools Public Information Officer Caryn Lewis.
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