After six years as superintendent of the WAVE JTED, Betsy Parker is retiring. She is very excited for the opportunity to travel and enjoy her family members in Indiana.
Betsy was the original superintendent of the district since its inception in 2009. She came to the district having worked as an Assistant Superintendent for Kingman Elementary and an Assistant Superintendent for Kingman Unified. Parker enjoyed watching the JTED grow and seeing the increased partnerships with the community colleges of Mohave Community College and Arizona Western. Under her leadership concurrent and dual enrollment opportunities for students have greatly increased and more than 80 students per semester are attending college classes outside of their regular school day. Mrs. Parker felt the very best thing about her job was seeing students gain expertise and training while receiving industry credentials and college credits. She said she will really miss the job but after 41 years in education she is ready to slow down. There were seven applicants for her position and the district chose Mrs. Amy West.
Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. After receiving her degree, she moved from her home state of Wisconsin to Kingman to start her teaching career. She has spent 22 years with Kingman Unified School District (KUSD). The first 14 years were spent teaching a variety of business and computer classes at Kingman High School. A new opportunity arose and Amy was selected as the CTE Coordinator for KUSD. For the last eight years, Amy has served as the coordinator managing grants, supervising CTE programs and working with the WAVE JTED. While at KUSD, Amy coached volleyball, was an advisor for FBLA and served on several committees. She also continued her education earning a Master’s in Vocational Education as well as two advanced certificates for her Principal and Superintendent licensure from Northern Arizona University. Amy is married to David West and has three children Taylor, Jesse and Jacob.