Kate Parker, History Teacher at AVS middle school, grew up in New Jersey, just outside of New York City. She went to boarding school in Connecticut and then college in New York, where she studied Art History and Women’s Studies. Kate has always been a student-athlete. She was tri-varsity captain, played field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse and, like a lot of kids we know, PE was her favorite subject in school. We caught up with Ms. Parker recently and posed a few questions.
If you weren’t a teacher, what profession would you pursue? Teaching is actually my second professional pursuit. I used to work within the corporate world of financial services. That said, I’ve always be fascinated by bugs! I’d love to be an entomologist.
What event or activity in the next 4 months are you looking forward to more than anything else? Well, I have to say the move to the Mission is pretty exciting. I feel lucky to be one of the first to step foot into this new AVS adventure. I trust it will be a terrific experience for students and faculty alike.
What is your favorite “juicy” word? Defenestrate, meaning to throw (someone) out the window. This word makes the six years of Latin in school worth it.
If you could safely take a ride on the back of any wild animal, which would you most like to ride? A giraffe. So long as the giraffe wasn’t being stalked by a pride of lion, I believe there could be a pretty fantastic view from up there.
If you could have a year’s supply of totally healthy cotton candy, what flavor would you choose? Vermont Maple Syrup. I love real maple syrup in and on almost anything. I highly recommend trying it on ice cream or in coffee or homemade salad dressings!
If you could invite one famous person to speak to the AVS Community at morning meeting, whom would you choose? This is a great question. I have too many ideas to count! I would really love to have a Holocaust survivor come to speak to our Middle School community sometime in the next year or two. Not necessarily a famous person, but someone who could eloquently recount some of their story. Sadly, many of these voices will not be around for much longer.