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Parmley honored as Beauregard Parish Elementary Principal of the Year

Posted Date: 09/11/2021

Parmley honored as Beauregard Parish Elementary Principal of the Year

Teresa Parmley, principal of K.R. Hanchey Elementary, has been named the 2021-2022 Beauregard Parish Elementary Principal of the Year.

The Louisiana Department of Education sponsors the Excellent Educators Award Program annually to recognize the state’s most exceptional administrators.

Those principals who are committed to student success, demonstrate innovative leadership qualities, and support teachers with the goal of student progress are considered for the program.

Parmley has been an educator for thirty-eight years, serving the past eight years as principal at KRH. She was an elementary teacher for grades K-5 in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas for over twenty-seven years. She served as a Literacy Coach at KRH then as Assistant Principal at DeRidder Junior High School and KRH before becoming the principal of the school. 

Theresa Parmley BP Elementary TOY


She earned her B.S.E from Henderson State University and her M.Ed. from Northwestern State University. She became a National Board Certified Teacher as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2007, and received an Educational Leadership Certification from Northwestern State University in 2011.

She has completed Courses One, Two, and Three of the National Institute for School Leadership Executive Development Program. She has been a cooperating teacher for student teachers from Northwestern State University, Louisiana College, and Louisiana Tech University. She also served on the Northwestern State University committee to revise the pre-service teacher education curriculum.

She was named the 1994 Sabine Parish Elementary Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Beauregard ParishElementary Teacher of the Year. She is a current member of the Louisiana Association of Principals and a past member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the International Reading Association, and the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana.

She is inspired by Maya Angelou’s insight: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Her pledge is to always make decisions that are in the best interests of the students. The goal at K.R. Hanchey is to create an atmosphere where children feel welcomed, secure, and loved while they are learning. Parmley believes that students accomplish academic achievements when they feel genuinely cared for and safe.

She reflects on the day in March 2020, when the state shut down schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That day was Book Character Dress Up and Parade Day at the school. She and her staff had an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness that the students left that day with good memories of a fun day celebrating learning.