Melissa Parks

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Melissa Parks is an assistant professor of education in the Stetson University Department of Education. She completed her undergraduate work with dual majors in elementary education and liberal studies at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Parks earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Central Florida where her studies focused on K-8 Mathematics and Science Education.

Dr. Parks holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in science education from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to joining the Stetson University faculty, she was a National Board Certified elementary school teacher practicing in both in Florida and Massachusetts. Dr. Parks is also an e-learning and design certified instructor and has been recognized by the Quality Matters Organization.


  • Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
  • M.Ed., University of Central Florida
  • B.A., Westfield State University

Course Topics

  • Human Exceptionalities
  • Principles & Methods of Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • Natural & Social Sciences in the Elementary School

Research Interests

  • S.T.E.M. activities in the classroom
  • S.T.E.M. professional development
  • Gender roles in the elementary classroom
  • Integration of technology and instruction


  • Parks, M. Using play as an introduction to environmental stewardship. Science and Children. National Science Teacher's Association.
  • Parks, M. (2016). Modeling water filtration: Model-eliciting activities create opportunities to incorporate new standards and evaluate teacher performance. In L. Froschauer (Ed.), Bringing STEM to the elementary classroom (pp. 307-315).
  • Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Parks, M., Baglier, T., Park, S., Styles-Foster, S., and Yurko, K. (2015). Literacy across the content areas with the 2015 Orbis Pictus Award. Florida Reading Journal.
  • "Implementing Model Eliciting Activities in Elementary Science Classrooms," NSTA: Science and Children (2014)
  • "The Nature of Elementary Students' Science Discourse and Conceptual Learning" (2011)
  • "The Effects of Gender in Elementary Science Groups" (2006)


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