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Sherrill Parris Biography

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Deputy State Superintendent of Education,
Division of Teaching and Learning

    Mrs. Sherrill W. Parris serves as the Deputy State Superintendent of Education. She has responsibility for the Division of Teaching and Learning in the State Department of Education. This Division includes the following:

    Mrs. Parris joined the Alabama Department of Education in July 1999, as the assistant director of the Alabama Reading Initiative. Prior to her appointment as Deputy State Superintendent, Mrs. Parris served as Assistant State Superintendent, with leadership responsibility for the Alabama Reading Initiative; the Alabama Math, Science; and Technology Initiative; Assessment and Accountability; and Curriculum and Instruction. She represents Alabama on the Advisory Board of SECC-SEDL and on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Deputies’ Organization.

    Mrs. Parris received her B.S. degree from Auburn University. After furthering her education at Judson College and the University of Alabama, she received her master's degree, education specialist degree, and degree in education administration from the University of West Alabama. Her professional career began as a social worker. Since 1979, she has worked in both the private and public sector as a first grade teacher and as an elementary principal. Throughout her professional careers, her focus has consistently been on improving outcomes for children. She and her husband, John, have been married for 45 years and live in Montgomery.

    Mrs. Parris can be reached at 334-242-8154 or sparris@alsde.edu.