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Veteran educator Dr. Libby Parker named Executive Director of Huntsville-based Village of Promise
HUNTSVILLE, AL (March 31, 2020) — Veteran educator, instructional innovator, and community volunteer Dr. Libby Parker has been named Executive Director of Village of Promise.
Village of Promise (VoP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Huntsville. VoP is a Family Advancement Center providing educational programs, sustainable tools and opportunities that empower children and their families to advance out of poverty. The VoP curriculum has resulted in many successes over the past few years.
“I’m honored and humbled to have been selected to lead this incredible and impactful organization. Eradicating poverty by providing education and opportunity has been my life’s passion,” said Parker. “I dream of a world without poverty. VoP is the perfect organization to bring this dream to fruition. I’m so excited to join the team”, she added.
“The Village of Promise Board of Directors extends Dr. Libby Parker our most sincere congratulations on her new role as Executive Director,” said Board Chair Dr. James C. Gilbert. “We pledge our continued support in always looking forward to new opportunities and lifting up the Promise. Welcome Dr. Parker,” Gilbert added.
VoP co-founder Bobby Bradley said, “I am excited to have Dr. Libby Parker join the Village of Promise family. During this time of crisis and unprecedented change, our goal is to remain connected to the families we serve and continue our mission with little to no disruption. I look forward to working with Dr. Parker to reach this goal now and into the future”, said Bradley.
Libby Parker has 29 years of experience in education and community service, serving as a teacher, resource specialist, administrator, and trainer at elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has served on various community projects and outreach programs as well as organizing and implementing fundraising events for non-profit organizations.
Most recently, Parker served as a committee member for the City of Huntsville’s Rosa Parks Day Celebration, the Community Kite Festival for Social Justice and Unity, instructor at Greengate @Randolph, a school for children with Dyslexia, and principal at Holy Family School. She created Parker Educational Services, providing Professional Development for educators as well as advocacy for students with special needs, helping families to navigate the evaluation, eligibility, IEP creation and implementation processes.
On the international stage, Parker has met with government officials, citizens and business owners in a reciprocal exchange program between the United States and Pakistan to study international relations and represent the U.S. at educational conferences. She served as a U.S. Legislative Fellow to Pakistan in 2016, and in Peru in October 2018. Parker has mentored visitors from South Asia (Pakistan, India), South and Central America, and Africa. Through her work with Global Ties of Alabama, she has continued to bridge gaps among individuals with very different cultures and experiences by sharing her expertise in the U.S. and abroad.
Parker received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Jacksonville State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership — all from Samford University. Parker holds a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Early Childhood through Young Adult Exceptional Needs Specialist.
An international and national presenter, Parker served as a keynote speaker at the 2016 U.S./South Asia Education Conference in Pakistan, and in Peru in 2018, a co-presenter at the National Youth At-Risk Conference in 2017 and 2018 in Savannah, GA. In addition, Parker has presented at numerous regional and state conferences.
Recently, Delois H. Smith, retired Vice President of the UAH Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, served as Interim Executive Director of the Village of Promise.
April Family Distribution Day
For the next two weeks, we will not be distributing our family bags. Our next family distribution day will be April 23, 2020!
Village of Promise Family Needs
Related to COVID-19
If you would like to donate to our Food Bags to assist the immediate needs of our Village of Promise (VoP) Families, here’s how you can help!
On Thursdays only, from 10:00 am -12:00 noon, we are now accepting the following donations below. Please feel free to drop these items off at our Main Campus located at 2700 Fairbanks Street, Huntsville Ala 35816, or feel free to give us a call at the front office at 256-536-8052 during normal business hours.
VoP families are being asked about additional needs and this list will be updated.
- Non-perishable items in general
- Hand towels
- Canned vegetables
- Energy Bars
- Fruit Bars
- Canned Soups
- Fruit Cups
- Toilet Tissue
(if interested give us a call at 256-536-8052 for more details)
- Transportation assistance to deliver if needed to VOP families without transportation.
Thank you for supporting the Village!
POSTPONED: Join us at Melt Huntsville for Dine & Donate on March 16, 2020, between 4:00 pm and 8:30 pm.
(Right-click on the flyer below, save it to your computer or phone and share. Help get the word out!)
Save the Date: Dine & Donate, March 16 @ Melt Huntsville
We are in search of an Executive Director
Do you have a passion for helping people better themselves and their families through education and outreach? If so, please click here to learn more about the open position and to see if you have what it takes to be our next leader. (posted 1/30/2020)
Pre-registration for 2019-20 Pre-K class is now open to all children who will be four years of age on or before 9/2/19.
To pre-register visit www.alprek.asapconnected.com
***Pre-registration places your child in the Alabama First Class Pre-K random selection process. If your child’s name is drawn for a space in a program you have selected, you will be notified.
Village of Promise Receives First-Class Pre-K Program Grant!
We are THRILLED to be one of the 107 recipients of the new First Class Pre-K Program Grants! This means, starting in 2018, more four-year-old children will have the opportunity to learn and grow in a quality Pre-K program at Village of Promise! Thank you Alabama School Readiness Alliance, Governor Ivey, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and all of our supporters who’ve supported and invested in pre-k learning at Village of Promise!
Click HERE to read more!
Elijah Hampton hated reading the same way a lot of other 12-year-old boys hate sitting still long enough to even get through a few chapters. He had just moved from California to Alabama with his mother and brother as they tried to start their lives over in the slower pace of the Deep South, and reading was not on his list of things to do.
His mother, Alesha Brown, had tried everything to make him fall in love with the written word. She’s a real go-getter, the kind of energetic, full-of-life person who makes you envy her drive and determination and feel exhausted by her schedule all at the same time. Alesha and her two sons live in public housing, but they’ve found an ally in Village of Promise, a nonprofit that is working to end the cycle of poverty.
It was through Village of Promise that Elijah started to enjoy reading. He was attending CDF Freedom School, a Village of Promise summer program, when the teachers had an idea: Since Elijah loves rap music, they would encourage him to read a book and present a rap-style book report.
“I thought that was so cool that they allowed them to do that,” Alesha said. “Whatever it was, he was able to recap the story, and this is something that I can never get him to do, even if I prompt him and ask him questions … he’s not interested. … But they gave him another way to express the story that he read.”