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Buncombe County Schools

Buncombe County Schools

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.

DeLana Parker


  • 6th Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher


  • University of North Carolina at Asheville


  • 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

  • $37,975

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Buncombe County Schools

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