Category: parker profiles


New coach brings big vision to Parker Girls Basketball

Judy Spoelstra has an initial goal for girls basketball at Parker, and it’s a big one–grow the program.

Judy is the new head coach of the varsity team.

“I’m excited to be at Parker and to get the girls as excited as possible,” says Judy. “[Athletic Director] Anthony Thomas was making a strong push to rebuild the program and bring girls basketball along at Parker. I was interested because there was a lot of support.”

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Building a New Culture

Melissa Warner places high priority on support–both on and off the pitch. 

“I like the girls to have creativity on the field and to be able to support each other,” says Melissa, Varsity Girls Soccer head coach. “I want them to really learn and love the game and be able to navigate their lives through the game.” 

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Dr. Sarah Gongaware Middle and Upper School Music Teacher

Parker’s arts faculty are not only experts at their craft, they are also active professionals who enjoy sharing their love of the arts with the local community. Dr. Sarah Gongaware, Middle and Upper School music teacher, is no exception, as she performs regularly with the La Jolla Symphony and is a featured cellist around San Diego. At Parker, Sarah enjoys passing on her passion for music to her students and perfecting their musical skills.

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Kelly Eveland Lower School Design Lab Teacher

As a child, Kelly Eveland was always fascinated by how things work. Taking apart everyday items to see the inner workings of a blender or a telephone sparked his curiosity. As the new Lower School Design Lab teacher, Kelly enjoys sharing that curiosity for learning with his students.

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Betsy Lillie Upper School Math Teacher

Betsy Lillie, Upper School math teacher, knows her students don’t like making mistakes. However, what her students don’t realize is that miscalculations lead to discoveries. For example, Post-it notes, chocolate chip cookies, and inkjet printers were the results of mistakes. The best thing Betsy’s students can do is welcome the blunders that come with learning.

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