Company: Sandhills Community College
Location: Carthage, North Carolina, United States
Gayle S. Parker, M.A., Retired Instructor at Sandhills Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English education.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in history from Fairmont State University in West Virginia in 1969, Ms. Parker continued her education with a master’s degree in English/education from the University of West Virginia in Morgantown in 1972. She found initial success as an English teacher with Leesburg Community College in Florida, Academy of the Holy Cross in North Bethesda, Maryland and Wyncote Academy in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
From 1989 to 2004, Ms. Parker excelled with Keystone College in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania as director of the Weekender Program, in which she mentored non-traditional students in a weekend program for two- or four-year degrees. She worked directly under the vice president of enrollment, wrote a newsletter, instructed English 101 and interdisciplinary courses, winning Administrator of the Year in 2002 in what she considers a career highlight.
Ms. Parker moved to Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 2007, where she flourished as an adjunct professor in English until her retirement in 2019, teaching English 111: Exposition and English 112: Reading Literature and Writing Argument, as well as freshmen writing classes.
According to Ms. Parker, being a compassionate teacher was one of the characteristics that contributed to her success. She has always acknowledged that students come from a range of backgrounds, and her role was to make every student feel able to excel in her class. Currently writing her blog The Scranton Culm at parkerwriteswell.com, she would also love to be able to publish a book of her poetry.
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