Fay ParkerMar 16, 2023 11:44AM ● By Verlene Johnson
Fay Parker grew up in Deming, Washington. After graduating from Mount Baker High School, she attended San Jose State University in San Jose, California, where she earned an associate’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development and Elementary Teaching Credentials.
Parker began her teaching career 18 years ago. She has taught grades first through third and fifth grade. She has taught in Alum Rock District in San Jose, California, for 12 years and Weber School District for one year. Parker is currently in her fifth year teaching at Morgan Elementary School, where she has taught fifth grade and now first grade.
“Teaching allows for creativity, continual learning and daily opportunities to improve knowledge of math, science and literature,” said Parker. “It’s also a great career for anyone who loves arts and crafts and helping young people find their talents.”
Parker said she loves the daily opportunities to not take life so seriously. “The world is pretty wonderful through a child’s eyes. Teaching is one of those rare careers where it is okay to be quirky and have a vast puppet collection.” She also loves sharing her collection of rocks and fossils with her students.
Wanting to get away from the busy city life and wanting to be closer to the mountains for skiing, Parker and her husband of 14 years, whom she met while he was attending college in her hometown, moved to Morgan in 2016.
In her spare time, Parker enjoys skiing at Powder Mountain, taking road trips with her best friend and spending time with her pets.