Golden Apple Award: LeNet Solomon-Parker, Montessori School
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Imagine spending a half a century in the classroom. That the’s reality for LeNet Solomon-Parker. She’s spent 50 years creating a loving and caring atmosphere for her students. We recently caught up with this dedicated educator at the Montessori School in Chattanooga.
Allison Driver is the Head of School.
She says, “Ms. Parker is so dedicated. The fact that she has been at the Montessori school since inception speaks volumes. The kids absolutely love her. She builds a positive rapport with the parents, the students and the staff members.”
LeNet lays out her life sequentially, “LeNet Solomon-Parker, start it in Dalton Georgia, went to the university of Miami and graduated. Came back here and taught at Chattanooga State then I’m here for the last 30 years. Believe it or not when I was a child, when I was a teenager I really stay away from children I didn’t even maybe sit. But then I was with one of my neighbors and she had put her grandson over and it was just amazing. It was just amazing how you can feel the love how are you can feel what they are feeling.”
LeNet goes on to describe her students, “They are wonderful and they inspire me every day. Is it safe to say that these children keep you young. I’m 72 what do you think?. Yeah that’s why I keep going.”
Allison adds, “She has been doing this for over 50 years and she has been at the Montessori school for over 30. So like I say it to be that passionate and to come every day on time ready to work and ready to be engaged with the students is what any head of school would ask for.”
LeNet concludes, “What I want for my children, all of them and I’ve seen it happen over all this years is to be independent, happy and just do what they want to do and see what they want to say. And make them very confident.”