Debbie Parks is the principal of Stowers Elementary School at Fort Benning, GA. Ms. Parks has twenty-four years of classroom teaching experience and ten years of experience as an administrator. She received a degree in Elementary Education from Asbury University (Wilmore, KY) in 1980 and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA) in 1999. During her teaching career, Ms. Parks taught elementary school classes in grades 2-5 and language arts, reading, social studies, math, creative writing, journalism, and drama in middle schools in North Carolina, Washington, Arizona, Georgia, and Germany. Her assistant principal experience was at Robinson Barracks Elementary School and Boeblingen Elementary Middle School in Stuttgart, Germany from 2005-2007. She was promoted to principal in 2007 and served at Wuerzburg Elementary Middle School in Wuerzburg, Germany. Following the closure of Wuerzburg’s base in 2008, she moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and was the principal at Garmisch Elementary Middle School from 2008-2012. From 2012-2014, she was the principal at Aukamm Elementary in Wiesbaden, Germany; and under her leadership, Aukamm ES was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School and ranked as the Number 1 Best American Public Elementary School by TheBestSchools.org. In July of 2014, she received a transfer to the larger elementary school in Wiesbaden, Germany - Hainerberg Elementary. This summer she was selected to be the principal of Stowers Elementary School.
The Fort Benning community will see high expectations, visibility, positive communication, and active involvement from Ms. Parks. She is a dedicated educator who encourages, motivates, and supports others. Her passion to make a difference in the lives of her students and her staff is a top priority.
Ms. Parks personally understands the challenges faced by military families. As a military wife, she has experienced many PCS’s, deployments, and family separations due to TDY’s. These experiences give her a special connection with military kids and their parents. Ms. Parks and her husband Kendall have five adult children and a Cavapoo puppy named Louie. She enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and Georgia football. Go DAWGS!