Lindsey Parker

Assistant Director of Professional Development

Lindsey Parker works closely with the TAP efforts in Louisiana in both Madison and Caddo Parishes. In this role, Lindsey works with district and school leaders to implement TAP structures focused on increasing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement growth. In her position, Lindsey coaches leaders at all levels to strengthen weekly professional development meetings for school leaders and classroom teachers tied to overall student achievement goals, providing regular and meaningful feedback to her partners that help move the schools and districts forward.

Lindsey joined NIET following six years as a TAP master teacher in the DeSoto Parish School System. Lindsey also served as a teacher leader advisor for the Louisiana Department of Education where she created English Language Arts guidebooks and trained educators statewide.

Lindsey received a Milken Educator Award in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of Louisiana Monroe.

 Lindsey  Parker

Why are you passionate about working at NIET? 

Educators at all levels need support from like-minded professionals who are invested in their success, someone to coach them through their impact on student achievement in order to make adjustments, be innovative and think "outside the box." My work at NIET allows me to work with educators at many levels and help them celebrate success all along the way.

What do you do in your free time?

I believe that I am only as strong as my support system, so I spend my free time with family, friends and colleagues that help me grow, inspire me and cheer me on as I do the same with them. We travel together, run together, watch lots of little league baseball together and mostly laugh together as we support one another along the way.

Who is your favorite teacher?

As a fourth-generation educator from a family of a multitude of teachers including both of my parents, my grandmother, and eight aunts and uncles, it stands to reason that my favorite teacher is my mom who, in addition to teaching me middle school English Language Arts, taught me what I needed to know about life. Later, when we were both serving as TAP master teachers at nearby schools, she also taught me what I needed to know to help me grow into the educational leader that I am today.