I was born Karen Eugenia Green to proud parents, Edna Mae Green and Eugene Campbell. Jasper County has been my home since birth. I graduated with honors from Jasper County High School. While in high school, I was a member of the National Honor Society, a class officer for 4 years and a student bus driver. Upon graduating, I never thought I would come back home to teach; nevertheless, remain here twenty-three years afterwards. Honestly, I do not regret anything.
It is an esteem honor and privilege to be able to service the students, teachers, staff and the entire community of my hometown. I have been employed with Jasper County Public Schools for the past twenty-three years. Prior to becoming the principal of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School in 2013, I was a classroom teacher on elementary and middle levels, academic instructional coach and assistant principal. I was the last Teacher of the Year at Ridgeland Middle School on the old Bees Creek Road property. That was also my last year as a classroom teacher. The following year, I became a curriculum instructional coach. After four years, I became an assistant principal and held that title for two years before becoming principal in 2013.
My degrees include a Bachelor of Science from South Carolina State University, a Master’s of Science from Walden University, and an Educational Specialist Degree and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University.
My areas of certification and endorsement are:
I am impassioned about the field of education and setting a tone of academic excellence for children. The multitudes of hats I wear as an administrator are expansive and challenging but yet very rewarding. Every day brings a new opportunity and a reminder of the commitment, enthusiasm, and integrity that a school leader must exemplify for positive change in a progressive school community. The role of an educator is truly a divine calling to lead, inspire and make a difference. It takes a whole village to raise a child and an even greater community to educate them. We must maximize the moment without a second to waste for the “The Clock is Ticking on the Lives of Our Children!” Therefore, I strive to create a school culture where all staff members truly believe that ALL students can and will learn.
In addition to being a high school principal, I am a Sunday school teacher and the choir president at the St. Paul Baptist Church. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband (Jack), family, and friends.
Dr. Karen Green Parker