North Platte High School | T.I.E.S.
My name is Arttie Parker. I was raised in Hershey, NE, graduating in 1988. Following high school, I attended Mid-Plains Community College for two years before transferring to Kearney State College/University of Nebraska at Kearney, where I majored in broadcast journalism. I left college before graduation to take a position at KRNY/Y-102 FM radio, where I worked for nearly nine years as the morning co-host, music director, assistant program director, and advertising coordinator.
After leaving the broadcasting field, I took a position with Boys and Girls Home of Nebraska working with juvenile offenders at the group home and shelter in North Platte for nine years. While with the agency, I served in multiple capacities, working as a group home counselor, emergency shelter counselor, trainer, tracker, and juvenile diversion officer. I also worked as a certified para-educator in the alternative classroom on the North Platte campus, and was certified as a national trainer in conflict resolution.
While working at the Boys and Girls Home, I also took a position working as a para-educator in the North Platte Public School District, working for two years in the LINKS alternative school program at Madison Middle School. When that program closed, I took a one-on-one para-educator position at Adams Middle School, working with a student on the autistic spectrum.
While working in the North Platte middle schools, the Boys and Girls Home closed. At this time, I returned to college at Mid-Plains Community College with the intention of completing my degree work. While at Mid-Plains, I graduated with honors and completed my Associates of Arts degree. I then transferred to Chadron State College to continue my education, also taking on-line courses from Peru State College and Wayne State College at the same time. I graduated Suma Cum Laude from Chadron State College with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in History with a minor in Sociology. I then completed a second Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Chadron, earning a degree in education, with endorsements in social studies and Special Education. I am currently working on completing my Master’s Degree in History Education.
I am currently in my fifth year with North Platte High School, working in the Transition in Educational Settings (T.I.E.S.) alternative program, working with juvenile offenders and students returning from out-of-home placements. Our program works to help students fill in credit gaps incurred due to these placements, and to help students successfully transition into the regular classroom setting at North Platte High.
Outside of North Platte High School, I am actively involved in the community. My wife and I are extremely active in the Salvation Army Christmas Toy program, having worked as volunteers for more than 15 years and being honored as Christmas Volunteers of the Year for 2015. We also jointly serve as co-leaders of our oldest son’s Cub Scout den. In addition, I have been an AYSO soccer coach in North Platte since 2011 and will be coaching two teams starting this season. I have coached t-ball in North Platte, as well, and I am currently an assistant youth wrestling coach in Hershey. I served in the role of Santa Claus for Linden Court Nursing Home for more than 15 years, and have served as North Platte’s Downtown Association Santa for the past seven years, as well.
I recently moved back to my hometown of Hershey, NE, where I live with my wife, Marie, and our two sons, Jaydon and Jaxon, as well as two dogs and four cats.