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    •    B.A. and Teaching CRED, San Francisco State University

 

Kim Parks was born and raised in Pinole, California. Since the fifth grade, she was involved in Student Government and Leadership activities culminating in becoming the senior class president. After graduating from Pinole Valley High in 1994, Kim moved down to La Jolla, CA to attend U.C.San Diego. After one year, she realized that U.C.S.D. was not a good fit, so she returned to the Bay Area. Eventually, Kim found the perfect school in San Francisco State University. She graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Sociology, as well as earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

 

At the end of her time at S.F.S.U., Kim was hired at Tara Hills Elementary School to teach second grade. In the next four years, she taught fourth and fifth grade. During these years during summer, Kim always was an employee of The Saklan School either teaching or managing summer camp. Finally in 2004, she caught a lucky break and was offered a full time position at Saklan. Kim has done many different jobs at Saklan over the years. Here are a few: Summer Camp Director, Extended Day Director, Learning  Specialist, Interim E.C.E. Director, Student Services Director, Fifth Grade Teacher, Language Arts Teacher, Humanities Teacher, Leadership Teacher, Advisor and Middle School Dean. Kim prides herself on being adaptable, a cooperative team player, fair, loving, and firm. She is interested and continues to study brain research and student learning, learning differences, and the importance of social-emotional learning in an educational environment through Project Happiness.