After completing her student teaching in DeKalb, Amonaquenette Parker was concerned that the City of DeKalb was not going to be a welcoming environment to start her teaching career. She chose to work in Chicago, where Parker developed a reputation as an excellent teacher. Consequently, she often received job offers from schools in DeKalb.
In 2007, after a conversation with then DeKalb High School principal Dr. Lindsey Hall, Parker became the only Black teacher at DeKalb High School.
In this clip, Parker shares the challenges she faced from both teachers and students as the only Black teacher at DeKalb High School. Today, she is the school district’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.