Debbie Parks is the principal of Hainerberg Elementary School in Wiesbaden, Germany.Ms. Parks has twenty-four years of classroom teaching experience and nine years of experience as an administrator.She received a degree in Elementary Education from Asbury University (Wilmore, KY) in 1980 and a Master's degree in Administrative Leadership from Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA) in 1999.During her teaching career, Ms. Parks taught elementary school classes in grades 2-5 and language arts, reading, social studies, math, creative writing, journalism, and drama in middle schools in North Carolina, Washington, Arizona, Georgia, and Germany.Her assistant principal experience was at Robinson Barracks Elementary School and Boeblingen Elementary Middle School in Stuttgart, Germany from 2005-2007.She was promoted to principal in 2007 and served at Wuerzburg Elementary Middle School in Wuerzburg, Germany.Following the closure of Wuerzburg's base in 2008, she moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and was the principal at Garmisch Elementary Middle School from 2008-2012.She has been the principal at Aukamm Elementary School in Wiesbaden for the past two years.
The Hainerberg community can expect high expectations, visibility, positive communication, and active involvement from Ms. Parks.She is a dedicated educator who encourages, motivates, and supports others.Her passion to make a difference in the lives of her students and her staff is a top priority.
Ms. Parks personally understands the challenges faced by military families living overseas. As a military wife, she experienced having a teenage daughter attend a DoDEA high school in Europe and then attend college in the States, far from home. She also had her husband deploy from Wiesbaden and cherished the bond that resulted with other women who also had deployed husbands.Ms. Parks currently lives in Wiesbaden with her husband Kendall and her puppy Boomer.She enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and Georgia football.
Gwendolyn B. Ziegler (Gwen) is the Assistant Principal at Hainerberg Elementary School in Wiesbaden,Germany. She has been in DoDEA for ten years and served in Nurnberg,Germany; Iwakuni, Japan; Seoul, Korea; and Fort Knox, Kentucky. Ms. Ziegler describes herself as a Navy Brat. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, moved to San Diego, California, went back to Hawaii, then to Birmingham, Alabama and finally Mobile, Alabama where she lived for the next 22 years until she took a position with DoDDS to go to Germany as a Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Ziegler received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Alabama, a Sixth Year Program Certificate in Administration/Supervision from the University of Kentucky, and has completed all K-12 Leadership doctoral coursework (all but dissertation) at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida. She says, "I am a lifelong learner who would rather read a book for learning than a book for fun."
Several years of experience follow Ms. Ziegler as she has been, first and foremost, a teacher for 18 years; teaching kindergarten to 8th grade math. Other positions she has held are assistant principal and principal positions, Fayette County (Lexington, KY) Teacher Incentives Coordinator, KY State Dept of Education Effective Schools Consultant; Georgia Department of Education School Improvement Specialist/Math Trainer, ECE ISS for Math/Science in Seoul, Korea, and currently serves as the DDESS Kentucky District ECE, ISS for Science and Social Studies as well as the district STEM Initiative Point of Contact.Ms. Ziegler has just accepted a position as the Pacific Area Instructional Systems Specialist for Early Childhood Education in Okinawa, Japan.We wish her only the best as she transitions to this new position!