Geri Parscale spent 28 years in education and has worked as a classroom teacher, principal, professional development director, and finally deputy superintendent of Fort Leavenworth Schools, USD 207. Her mode of operation was always the same: learning for all kids.
Under Geri’s leadership, schools throughout Fort Leavenworth Schools earned the Kansas Standard of Excellence for several years for student performance in reading, math, writing, social studies, and science at all grade levels. In 2009, the Kansas Department of Education recognized Patton Junior High School for exceeding this standard in all assessed areas of seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade curricula. From 2004 to 2010, student scores on the Kansas state math assessment increased by 10.8 percent and in reading by 18.3 percent. During those years, Fort Leavenworth narrowed the achievement gap of African American students meeting proficient and above in math by 20 percent and in reading by more than 34 percent. Additionally, Fort Leavenworth Schools were recognized by Dr. Richard DuFour as national models of PLCs.
Geri was the 2011 recipient of the M. Claradine Johnson Award, which recognizes a history of work within the school-improvement process; leadership within the school, district, and/or state; innovation; and service to the school, district, and/or state.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas; a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; and a specialist in education degree from Pittsburg State University.