Shenethe Parks has been the proud principal of Bret Harte Elementary School (Harte) in the Hyde Park community since 2006. She is a product of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and a current CPS parent. She works collaboratively with her school community, making significant gains in student achievement over time. Under her leadership, Harte increased student attendance, was named an Illinois Spotlight School from 2006 – 2011 for student achievement, participated in The Chicago Public Education Fund’s Summer Design Program, and received Creative Arts certification and a $100,000 grant for innovation.
Shenethe continues to spend her career impacting the lives of students within the Hyde Park neighborhood. She began as a middle school teacher at Ray Elementary School. After assuming several leadership roles there, she transitioned to become the assistant principal at Canter Middle School. In 2006, Shenethe accepted the role as principal at Bret Harte Elementary School to broaden her impact within the community. She was accepted into the second cohort of the Chicago Principals Fellowship for the 2015-16 school year.
Shenethe’s leadership philosophy of keeps the best interest of the child at the heart of every decision. Much of her success comes from to building strong relationships within the school community, being transparent, and developing teachers as leaders and parents as teachers. She recognizes that the work of a principal is never done and continues to find new ways to move Harte forward and build student efficacy. She is excited to join the Cahn Fellows Program in the 2016-17 school year to further develop her leadership skills, collaborate with experienced administrators and educators and enhance the learning environment at Bret Harte Elementary School.