parvankin (at) gresham.k12.or.us
I am a wife, a mother, and a teacher. As such, I have room for growth. My goal is to do a better job in each of my roles every day. I will not shy away from trying something new if there is a chance it will improve the lives of those I love!
My wonderful husband is a teacher in the David Douglas School District. Those of you who have experience with Outdoor School may know him as Puttly.
Our five children range in age from 13 – 23. Sarah just graduated from college, Emily and Meghan are in the midst of college, Maddi is in high school, and Jacob is a middle schooler. Our lives are busy keeping up with all of them.
Being an instructional coach has moved me outside of my comfort zone, which I believe is a healthy thing. In order to grow and improve, we must push ourselves. I love what I do, and I love the people I work with. I learn something new every day.
elliot (at) gresham.k12.or.us
I’m the Gresham-Barlow Secondary Literacy Coach, having taught English at the high school level for 20+ years. I made the change to this position because I was looking for a new challenge, and I’m happy to say I’ve found it! Though ELA is my bread-and-butter, working on Common Core Literacy Standards with Social Sciences and Science & CTE teachers has broadened my understanding of reading and writing across the curriculum.
I’m a big believer in balance in my life, so my family and friends help to keep me on an even keel. I love to travel, and our family met up with college friends to explore three spectacular National Parks in Utah last June. And, at the end of the summer, we explored Ireland! Such escapes help recharge my batteries, so I can give my all back at school.
We’re all attempting to navigate the new path Common Core has set before us, and my hope is to learn and to assist teachers in traveling that path a little more smoothly.