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As we move from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, we honor and celebrate Ms. Nellie K. Parker — an exceptional Hackensack educator!

In 1922, she became the first African-American public school teacher in Bergen County when she was hired to teach the fifth and sixth grades in our district, where she remained for 42 years.

During her early years of teaching she and her family were subject to racism from the Ku Klux Klan and other organizations. However, because of her dedication to students, Ms. Parker persisted.

She remains an excellent example of the quality educators Hackensack has always had!

This post first appeared on the HEA Facebook page.

 

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