Debbie Parks is the principal of Hainerberg Elementary School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Ms. Parks has twenty-four years of classroom teaching experience and nine 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. She has been the principal at Aukamm Elementary School in Wiesbaden for the past two years.
The Hainerberg community can expect 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 living overseas. As a military wife, she experienced having a teenage daughter attend a DoDEA high school in Europe and then attend college in the States, far from home. She also had her husband deploy from Wiesbaden and cherished the bond that resulted with other women who also had deployed husbands. Ms. Parks currently lives in Wiesbaden with her husband Kendall and her puppy Boomer.She enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and Georgia football.
Mrs. Tracy Vargas was recently selected as the Assistant Principal of Hainerberg Elementary School at USAG Wiesbaden in Germany. Tracy has nine years of teaching experience, which started as a Special Education Teacher for students identified with an Emotional Disability in 2002 in Denver Public Schools. In 2005, after marrying her active duty husband, Daniel, and moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, she continued teaching students with an Emotional Disability in Fountain-Fort Carson School District. Tracy also taught high school students with a Mild-Moderate Learning Impairment in Tampa, Florida in Hillsborough County Schools and served as a high school Special Education Coordinator in San Antonio, Texas. A final overseas PCS to USAG Humphreys, South Korea allowed Tracy the opportunity to teach general education, 2nd and 3rd grades, in DoDDS.Most recently, Tracy was selected to be the Learning Impaired-Mild Moderate Teacher at Fort Rucker Elementary School in DDESS.
In 2000,Tracy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University in North Dakota. She went directly into graduate school and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of North Dakota. Early in her teaching career, Tracy's professional vision reached outside of her classroom and she was intrigued by the complexity of leading a school and in turn earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado in 2006.
Tracy is enthusiastic about education and focused on providing the highest quality education to the children of our military heroes and military-connected families. She relies on data to make decisions yet understands the importance of teaching the whole-child. She believes communication is key to successful collaboration and leadership. She holds herself to a high standard to best serve her students, teachers, principal and community.
She has first hand experience with several aspects of the military lifestyle. Tracy was deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 142nd Engineer Combat Battalion. Her husband recently retired from twenty years of honorable service on active duty in the US Army.She supported her husband and children through three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Tracy is proud of her military service and being a military spouse. She understands the challenges and rewards of this lifestyle and holds this community close to her heart. Tracy values her service in DoDEA as it combines her two passions, education and the military.
Outside of the school, Tracy must be flexible and have a sense of humor to keep up with her two children, Ava and Isaiah, and German Shepherds, Brooke and Buckley. She is frequently found at Girl Scout events, Cub Scout meetings, youth sports games or attempting to tire her two German Shepherds in nearby fields and trails.She enjoys reading, traveling and volunteering in the community.