North Wilkes High School Alumni
DeeAnna Caudill Parker
Q: Year graduated from North Wilkes:
Q: List any education/degrees beyond high school:
A: College Transfer classes at Wilkes Community College (2010-2011) BS in Special Education from Appalachian State University (2014)
Q: List Professional/Career Experience and why you chose your career path:
A: I worked for Wilkes County Schools for five and a half years as a teacher. I recently changed positions and began working for Wilkes Community College as an instructor/coordinator for the Adult High School and High School Equivalency Test. I chose my career path because I have always wanted to help others and work with people. I also wanted to encourage others to love learning.
Q: If you could go back and give yourself advice as a high school student, what advice would you give and why. What advice would you give to high school students today?
A: If I could go back, I would tell myself to soak in the moments of high school. Time goes by all too quickly and life happens so fast. Today, I would tell high school students to always be kind to others. As the years go on, it won't matter who was the coolest or dressed the best. People will remember what type of person you were and how you treated others. Leaving a positive legacy in that respect is far more valuable.
Q: Do you have a special memory from your time at North?
A: I always remember my time singing in Northlanders. We made it a point to make our time together fun and memorable.
Q: How has your NWHS education and experiences positively impacted your life?
A: My experiences at NWHS positively impacted my life by allowing me to meet people that are still a part of my life today. The staff at NWHS made it a point to celebrate successes with me as well as encourage me if I felt defeated. They also made sure to know me as a person and what was important in my life. Mr. Noble, Mr. and Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Stanford, Mr. Miller, Mr. Walker, Ms. Sullivan and so many others always encouraged me to do my best and reach for the stars. I also remember the family atmosphere of NWHS. Once you are a Viking, you are always a Viking.
Q: List any other achievements and honors received since graduation you would like to share
A: I graduated Appalachian State as a summa cum laude graduate in 2014. I achieved my National Board certification during the 2018-2019 cycle as an Exceptional Needs Specialist.
Q: Any additional information about family, career, etc you would like to share?
A: This year I will celebrate 5 years of marriage with my wonderful husband Travis. We have two beautiful daughters. Tinley turned 3 in January and Timbree is four months old. God has richly blessed my life in so many ways. I get to wake up everyday with a loving family, a career I love, and my basic needs met. I am truly grateful for the life that I get to live.