I am currently the principal of Skiatook High School, near Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. I grew up a farm boy from west Tennessee who never thought he would go to college. But I loved to learn and eventually found myself in Oklahoma with a degree in hand and classrooms full of students who taught me more about teaching (and life) than I ever expected.
I have been an educator for twenty years, first as a high school English teacher, then as a high school assistant principal, and now as a high school principal. In 1998, I was named Teacher of the Year at the high school where I taught. In 2012, I had the honor of being named the Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year.
On the home front, my wife and I have been happily married for twenty years and are the proud parents of four children: three girls and one boy. I also post regularly at my blog, Principal Matters, www.williamdparker.com, where my goal is to inspire innovative ideas for school leaders.
I write because it motivates me to keep growing. I hope you find my posts motivation for yourself, your leadership, and your school. What an awesome privilege to collaborate together through Connected Principals!