Barbara-Jane Paris : NASSP President
Promise of value to NASSP
The most precious commodity we have in any human endeavor is time. Nowhere is that more evident than in public school education.
There is no time to falter or to hope. Hope is not a method.
Members count on NASSP to sort and filter date in ways that effect meaningful change. Without the professional support of these elected members, our schools systems are data rich yet information poor.
The Board of Directors must keep a vision of public education which is clearly articulated, fiercely defended and passionately advocated for in all sectors.
My intent is to bring a voice that represents leaders from all sectors rural and urban, small and large, struggling and successful. Having also been at all levels, preK-adult, I comprehend both the challenges and potential of purposeful vertical alignment. Three decades spent in education both overseas and in several states have given me a perspective that enables me to see through the smoke screens, cut the “edubabble” and get down to business.
Given the opportunity to serve as the NASSP Preident-Elect, my promise is firmly grounded in the belief that any organization is either growing or dying. NASSP must continue to grow to meet the ever changing needs of middle level principals. It would be a privilege to be a part of that growth and to be elected as a change agent in changing times.
Barbara J Paris
Elect a strong voice
“Paris is a visionary leader and tenacious advocate for school leaders. She has served as State President, State Coordinator and on the Board of Directors for NASSP. Her contribution will make NASSP the preeminent organization for principals.”
Larry D. Bradley President 2008-2009
Proven Record in Legislation
Paris continues to be a voice for educators and students with state and national legislators
“Ms. Paris not only runs an exemplary middle school but also makes time to bring her experience and knowledge to bear on larger issues affecting the education system at large. Her particular expertise in school safety was invaluable to me in developing legislation to improve state policies.”
Mark Strama, Texas House of Representatives
Proven Record with State Presentations
Mississippi California Nevada. Mississippi Oklahoma
Georgia South Carolina Arizona. Pennsylvania. Utah
Illinois District of Columbia Nebraska. Oklahoma. Kansas
Indiana Texas Tennessee. Missouri
Arkansas Kentucky Florida. Hawaii
“It is with pleasure and without hesitation that I endorse BJ Paris for NASSP President. I have known BJ for many years and have found her to be committed to education and the welfare of students.”
“BJ was the keynote speaker for the opening session of our MASSP 2009 summer conference, and she was extremely well received by our participants. She is a most deserving choice for NASSP President-Elect”
Gary Smyly, Executive Director MASSP
“Paris is a proven leader who will be a highly motivated and tireless representative for NASSP. The diverse professional experiences of BJ in several states as well as other countries will enable her to bring unique perspectives to issues faced by NASSP on a national and global level.”
Dr. Charles Patterson, Superintendent NMSA National Middle School AssociationTESOL Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages
University of Exeter, England . Bachelor of Education with Distinction
Lady Spencer-Churchill College, Oxford, England. Master’s (equiv.) in Deaf Education
San Jose College, California. Early Childhood Education Administration
Tarleton State University, Texas. Master’s Degree in Educational Administration
Texas State University : PhD in School Improvement NNF = nowhere near finished :-)
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