Francis Howell North High School English teacher Shelly Parks was chosen by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. "I was surprised. It was shocking and for sure humbling. I cannot believe all the people who put things in place to make somebody feel so special," said Parks, describing how she felt as she walked into the gymnasium. 

Parks has worked as an English teacher at Francis Howell North since 2002, where she has taught English II, English III, honors American literature, creative writing, novel, advanced placement language and composition, and advanced placement literature and composition at different points throughout her tenure. She has served as the English language arts department chair since 2009 and has sponsored student council since 2003.

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