Longtime Parker educator Heather Gray has been named the School’s next Head of Lower School. Heather will be the first to hold the title of the Dr. Robert Gillingham Head of Lower School, which was established upon Bob Gillingham’s recent retirement from Parker after serving as Head of Lower School for 29 of his 44 total years at the School.Read More
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Ben Temple has been named the School’s next Head of Upper School. He will begin his new role in July 2021. Ben has been the Head of Upper School at the Collegiate School in New York since 2015, where he is responsible for all aspects of the Upper School program and supervises 225 students, more than 50 faculty, and eight department heads.Read More
Parker Upper School student Gabriel Jinich, Class of 2020, recently spoke to Parker School News about his award-winning mini-documentary, “Environmental Racism in Barrio Logan.”
The film, which has already garnered a second-place award at the UCLA Environmental Film Festival and a third place honor in the high school documentary division at the MyHero International Film Festival, is being streamed online today for the Earth Day premiere of the New Roads School’s Inaugural Climate Changemaker Teen Film Festival.Read More
Francis Parker School alumnus Jeff Silberman ’75 will become the fourth recipient of the School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jeff was unanimously voted as the next honoree by a group of his peers for embodying the essence of a Parker education: intellect, initiative, and social responsibility.Read More
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.”Read More
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.”Read More
By Matthew Piechalak Author Scott Hylbert ’87 believes there is a golden rule that applies to all...Read More
Jason Leonard, Middle and Upper School Mandarin Teacher, knows first-hand that learning a new language not only helps you make meaningful connections within the global community it can also spark your curiosity to explore new places around the world.Read More
Chelsey Watkins, Lower School Grade 4 teacher, is inspired each year watching her students complete the Grade 4 Business Sale project, knowing some of those same students might carry that entrepreneurial spirit into their adult lives.Read More
Fiana Kumm, Middle and Upper School Social Studies teacher, dedicates her life to helping her students see the beauty of history. By examining history through the lens of a different perspective, students begin to piece together the whole picture of our past.Read More
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.Read More