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2012-13 Teacher of the Month
PGCPS Teacher of the Month: Rose Valley ES Teacher Jewel Parks
jewel Parks


Background: Jewel Parks is a sixth-grade teacher at Rose Valley Elementary School. She began teaching 10 years ago, and has spent her entire career serving Prince George's County Public Schools students. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Johnson C. Smith University, and will complete her Master of Science in Educational Administration from Trinity Washington University this May.


School Leadership Team, 2011-present

School Planning and Management Team, 2004-present

School Interview Committee, 2006-2012

Prince George’s County Area 2 Representative, NCTM, 2012

Prince George’s County Area 2 Math Professional Development Presenter, 2012

Grade Level Chair Person, 2004-2011

Prince George’s County Maryland Model for School Readiness Presenter, 2009-2011

Prince George’s County Professional Educator Induction Program Presenter, 2009-2011
Prince George’s County Curriculum Writer, 2007-2011

Delegate, Maryland State Teachers’ Convention, 2011

Principals Message: “Ms. Parks is a true advocate for all children. Her drive and motivation is rooted in her deep devotion for children and their success.  Ms. Parks passion to put all children first and her desire to improve student achievement by improving her instructional delivery and increasing the academic rigor and expectations in the classroom are impressive. Her genuine personality and professional commitment to children has gained her ultimate respect from the staff, students, parents and the community.  Ms. Parks is a true asset to our Rose Valley Team and we are delighted to help her celebrate this honor.”

Why I Love Teaching: 
"I love teaching because of the looks that come across the faces of my students during those 'ah-ha' moments when I know they've 'got it' and I'm the one that helped them get there. As a teacher, I inspire students to seek knowledge and to consistently broaden their horizons. I love helping to positively change the lives of my students.  Mahatma Gandhi said we should 'be the change you wish to see in the world.' Teaching is my way of both becoming and inspiring that change."