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Ms. Kelli Parpart, ParpartK@district279.org

Principal

Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

I have a B.S. in English Education from Moorhead State University, a M.S. in Education from North Dakota State University, and a Specialist’s Degree from St. Mary’s University. I was an English teacher at Coon Rapids High School, an assistant principal in Minneapolis, and an assistant principal and principal at Brooklyn Junior High (total of 8 years at BJ).

When did you begin working at Park Center?

This July of 2005

What is your teaching philosophy?

You can teach more from the heart than you can from a book; life’s greatest lessons are not always found in a textbook; believe all students can learn and be successful, and they will be!! Students will rise to the expectations we set for them.

Why did you choose your profession?

I love working with students—I love the energy you get from them, and I love their passion for life and learning; there is no greater job in the world; when you walk into a school, you can’t help but be struck by the energy—I LOVE that!

What is your favorite quote?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

In the Student Support Services office

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I value and cherish my family and friends above everything else, and I love spending time with them; nothing is more important than family; I love anything that involves the sun—skiing, boating, rollerblading, hanging out at the beach/lake with my family/friends, vacationing in Jamaica or anywhere in the Caribbean; I love music of all types

Advice for students going to college?

The college years should be the best years of your life – bar none!!!; it is an awesome experience!!! Enjoy it while you have the chance—it will go by far too quickly :-(

Biggest pet peeve?

People who would rather complain about things than come up with solutions/ideas; it takes much less energy to solve problems than to complain; anyone who does not live life to its fullest—it is a precious gift with no guarantees

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word

Enlightening

If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

I would want to be a lawyer