The theatre director at Norcross High School was recently inducted into the Educational Theater Association’s Hall of Fame.
“To receive this honor from the Educational Theatre Association is just beyond words and to have my family there when I was honored — priceless,” said Gina Parrish.
Parrish has worked as a teacher and director for the past 29 years. She was inducted into the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame in 2011.
Parrish was selected for induction by a committee that included one member of the Association’s Board of Directors, one other volunteer leader and one member of the Hall of Fame.
The judges base their decision on factors including professional achievement, education, continuing education, community service, commitment to theatre and theatre education, past work with the Educational Theatre Association or its forerunners and letters of recommendations from peers.
Parrish said she credits the culture and leadership in Gwinnett County for creating an environment where she and her students can grow.
“I have a strong group of supportive administrators who have backed me in my work with the kids,” Parrish said. “For example, former principal Dr. Jonathan Patterson, now an associate superintendent for the district, who, when we won state at GHSA One-Act, treated our group just the same as he would have the football team for winning a championship.”
But Parrish said it’s the students she teaches who keep her going.
“Last year we lost one of our drama family members to a brain tumor,” she said. “It was the strength that the kids and I gave to each other that got us through. I say this all the time — I have the very best job in the world.”