Melissa Parks

Melissa Parks

Assistant Professor of Education

Starting in Massachusetts, Dr. Parks began her education career with a degree in elementary education and liberal studies. She eventually made her way down to Florida to complete her doctorate in curriculum and instruction.

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


Course Sampling

  • Natural & Social Sciences in the Elementary School
  • Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • Educational Psychology
  • Teaching Diverse Populations
  • Human Exceptionalities
  • Senior Research

Areas of Expertise

  • S.T.E.M. in the elementary classroom
  • Elementary pedagogies


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.


  • S.T.E.M. in the elementary classroom
  • Elementary pedagogies
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Beginning teachers' attitudes and efficacy


  • Parks, M. (2017). Developing a positive classroom climate to engage undergraduates in class discussions and activities. Faculty Focus Premium. Magna Publications.
  • Parks, M. (2017, winter). Augmenting novice teachers' social studies content knowledge: An opportunity to explore and align available resources. Florida Council for the Social Studies Trends and Issues E-Journal.
  • Parks, M. (2017). Using play as an introduction to environmental stewardship. Science and Children, 54(6), 36-42.
  • Oslick, M. E., Lowery, R. M., Parks, M., Park, S., Worlds, M., Thomas, M., and Colantonio Yurko, K. (2016). Literacy across the content areas with the 2016 Orbis Pictus Award. Florida English Journal, 51(2), 11-20.
  • 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.