Published On: Thu, Aug 31st, 2017

Love of music, teaching brought Parsons into education

Paige Parsons is getting comfortable behind her new desk as the LCC Elementary School Principal.

LAUREL — Paige Parsons is getting to know area residents.
She enters the lives of individuals from Belden, Coleridge, Concord and Laurel in the most important way possible — through interaction with their children as the new Laurel-Concord-Coleridge elementary school principal.
This is her first year in an administration position.
Before coming to Laurel, Parsons was a music teacher at Coon Rapids, Iowa. She also  served as a teacher leader in the areas of mentoring, professional learning communities, and instructional coaching.
Parsons, hired in May 2017, earned this position because of her desire to be involved as a leader.
Involvement is the key to success for anyone, she said.
“My best advice is to be involved. Come volunteer, serve on a committee, or just engage in school conversations with our staff and students,” Parsons said. “The more we can involve our stakeholders, the stronger our district can be. It takes a village to build up our kids.”
She knew early on that education would be her future.
“My call to education was through the experiences I had as a student, and the success I felt through music,” Parsons said. “ I became an educator to help others find their own success in whatever area they were passionate about. As I transition to an administrator, that call now includes working with both teachers and students.”
She felt right at home here from the very start.
“The warm, welcoming nature of this community has been amazing,” she said. “The patrons of LCC have a deep love for their school and students.”
Parsons said she has been very focused on outstanding teaching and instructional practices.
“Our district is building an instructional model; this will help streamline our efforts as a district by building a foundation for quality instruction.”
“For families, I hope we can work together to create strong learners. Successful students are a team effort between schools and parents.”
Parsons said some of the best advice she has ever received was to keep trying to learn.
“Enjoy the act of learning,” she said. “Never stop being curious, try new things, include others, and enjoy the diversity that others can bring. “
Parsons is embracing this post as a new learning experience.
“Most crucial has been learning new state standards and brushing up on school law,” she said.
Her educational achievements came as an undergraduate at Dana College (K-12 Vocal Music/Theatre) and as a graduate student at  University of Nebraska – Kearney UNK (Masters in Education, music education and instructional leadership).
Her family includes 5 year-old triplet boys: Tiernan, Myles, Liam — all are kindergarteners this year.
Her husband, Bob, is an educator and working on his Masters in Instructional Technology.