Welcome to the Parker School District!Meet Dr. Donavan G. DeBoer
Dr. Donavan G. DeBoer is an experienced educational leader with 20 years of experience in public education. Dr. DeBoer became Parker School District’s Superintendent of Schools and Elementary Principal on July 1, 2014. He leads the district’s ongoing efforts and mission of Igniting Minds of the Future by encouraging educational collaboration, reciprocating communication, and diligent teamwork. He focuses on servant leadership in the school and community, while expecting academic excellence from all students, shared accountability from all staff, and pride in the community. His belief of making sound decisions using all avenues of research with the intentions of positively influencing the students of the Parker School District sets the foundation for future success. He has a goal for every student to have an, “exceptional experience that students can look back on as positive and proud of.”
Dr. DeBoer is a graduate of Northern State University with a degree in elementary education, following graduation he got married to his wife Michelle, and took a teaching position in the Clark County School District teaching fifth grade at C.H. Decker Elementary school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He taught middle school in Wood, SD for the Wood School District before moving to Winner, SD where he taught fifth grade for two years and coached cross country, boys basketball, and track. Dr. DeBoer completed his master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota while teaching and coaching in Winner, SD, following that he took an elementary principal position in Newell, SD. The position in Newell quickly became an elementary principal and middle school principal combination and he remained the elementary and middle school principal for six years. In Newell, he coached football, track, volleyball, and girls’ basketball while also acting as Title I director for the district. In 2004, Dr. DeBoer was nominated as Rookie of the Year for the SDAESP and in 2008, DeBoer received the Community Leadership Award for the South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals. After six years in Newell, SD Dr. DeBoer completed his doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota and moved to Rapid City, SD. In Rapid City he went back to the classroom as an elementary physical education teacher and head girls basketball coach at Rapid City Stevens High School. He remained in those positions for five years in Rapid City, SD. Dr. DeBoer is also currently serving on the executive boards for SDSSA and SASD.
Dr. DeBoer and is wife Michelle have two children, Paityn age 18, a senior at Parker, and Jaivyn age 15, a sophomore.