Bearden High School’s Assistant Principal Dan Parker. Photo by Dan Andrews.

Dan Parker, assistant principal at Bearden High School, was recognized on Wednesday, May 22 as the Tennessee Assistant Principal of the Year. Parker was recently recognized at a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. hosted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
The NASSP and Virco Inc. come together annually to honor a winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools. Lisa Kirkus, a representative with Virco, was be on hand to present Parker with a personalized award.
As an assistant principal at Bearden High School, Parker has proven success in involving the local community in the life of the school, astute awareness of current and emerging issues, and passion in improving the school’s learning environment.
“Assistant principals play a key role in the success of secondary schools across the nation,” said Brian True, Virco’s Director of Sales. “Virco is honored to recognize their achievements and is committed to contributing to their professional development.”
“Research shows that principals and assistant principals create the conditions for schools to be successful and for students to succeed. Recognizing and acknowledging the quality of our school leaders is an honor.” said JoAnn D. Bartoletti, NASSP Executive Director.