Melissa Parks

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Melissa Parks is a visiting assistant professor of education in the Stetson University Department of Education. Prior to joining the Stetson University faculty, she taught elementary school in Florida and Massachusetts. In addition to being a National Board Certified teacher, Parks also served as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. Parks is 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


  • "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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