Instructional Coach, Randallstown High School, 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year
Joshua Parker, an English/Language Arts teacher at Randallstown High School, is the 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Joshua Parker is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, he holds a bachelor of science degree in sports communication with a minor in English from Towson University, and he earned a master of arts degree in leadership in teaching. He is zealous when it comes to teaching to prepare world-class students, and he has proven his abilities while serving as and holding several English/Language Arts positions throughout his tenure in Baltimore County. Having an uncommon drive to see students succeed, Mr. Parker states that he believes in their potential and works tirelessly to not only open, but to also fill their minds with instructional tools for learning.
Mr. Parker's exceptional tutelage, leadership, and enthusiasm to shape the future goes beyond the classroom: he has organized a middle school all-male reading club; directed a top-ten finishing Black Saga team; coached a boys' junior varsity basketball team; coordinated a summer program directed at engaging local youth; and implemented a comprehensive after-school program at two middle schools.
Heritage, love, need, and opportunity coalesced to push Mr. Parker to become a teacher. Growing up as an African American male, he often felt separated from his peers, and this led him to search for allies where he found, through pages of his history, inspiration from African American males who used intelligence and candor and wit and the power of the spoken word through teaching to change the world.
"Teaching was the way that I could use the knowledge of my heritage, the love of English content, and the universal need that I saw to make a difference," said Joshua Parker. "Looking back over my brief but expansive teaching career, I can't help but smile. I get opportunities to impart passion, wisdom, content knowledge, and love I have to students. Yet, my greatest achievements include providing students with a dependable role model, helping them conceptualize the purpose and power of English while helping them achieve on standardized tests."
"The opportunity that my profession affords me is the greatest reward I can reap," Joshua Parker said. "I get a daily opportunity to advance society."
Mr. Parker is a proud member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, a 2013 Pearson Global Fellow, and an adjunct professor. He is the only African American male educator from Baltimore County to win the state teacher of the year award and lives in Owings Mills, Maryland, with his wife, Tiffany, and two children, Laila and Joshua.