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Hear from DeLana Parker about touching lives and teamwork at Buncombe County Schools

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Meet DeLana Parker

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Teaching is one of the most difficult jobs and, without teamwork and a sense of family among educators, the job is made exponentially more difficult. Even after years as a teacher to hundreds of children, I still have a lot to learn and I love sharing ideas and getting new ideas from fellow teachers. Buncombe County provides all of that through professional development opportunities and the effort they put into showing how much they value their educators.


  • 6th Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher



  • 2020 Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year
  • 2020 TC Roberson District Teacher of the Year
  • 2020 Charles T. Koontz Intermediate Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 Global Educator Digital Badge recipient
  • 2014-2015 Charles T. Koontz Service Award
  • 2015 North Carolina Retired School Personnel Asheville-Buncombe Chapter Grant-In-Aid Award
  • Founder of Koontz Equity Team
  • Racial Equity Institute participant
  • Effective Teacher Training Instructor
  • GRE and SAT test prep instructor
  • AIG Endorsement
  • Adviser for National Junior Honor Society
  • May 2015 96.5 Teacher of the Month

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Why I Teach

One of my favorite things about being a teacher is the ability to touch lives and to serve as a positive role model in a world where positivity is desperately needed. Even better is the feeling that I am creating more positive role models in my students. They know that I have their backs no matter what and that the relationships we build come before anything else. I pride myself on truly knowing my students because I feel like, only through those relationships and the respect they create can real learning occur.

Buncombe County Schools by the numbers

  • 1,700

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 23,000

    Engaged Learners

About Buncombe County Schools

  • About

    Set deep in the majestic Appalachian Mountains and surrounding beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, Buncombe County Schools is a place of natural beauty and educational excellence. We pride ourselves in supporting our new and veteran teachers. This is why nearly 23,000 students in 44 schools and almost 4,000 staff say “YES” to BCS.

  • Teaching in Buncombe County Schools

    Buncombe County Schools focuses on achieving excellence as we serve students at 44 different schools. As Buncombe County's second largest employer, we are constantly working to recruit talented, committed and skilled educators who are passionate about serving our county's children and families. As a new teacher to BCS, it is important for you to know that we "have your back!" Many levels and layers of wrap-around support are in place to help you succeed.

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Buncombe County Schools is proud to offer a robust selection of benefits to our employees. Eligible staff have access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as retirement and savings account options like 401k, 403b, and more. We also offer paid time off, paid holidays, sick leave, and a competitive local salary supplement.

    Our local salary supplement is an additional 8.5% - 16% on top of your base (state) salary. Visit www.buncombeschools.org/benefits for complete details.

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