Parker's Day of Giving

On behalf of the Parents Association and the Gala Fund-a-Fellowship initiative, thank you!

Because of the amazing support from the Parker community, we exceeded our Day of Giving goal.

More than 800 family donors made gifts for a one day giving total over $397,000 and was compounded by helping us unlock $200,000 in matching gifts from generous Parker families.

    • Day of Giving Video

Impact of Professional Development

All funds raised on Parker's Day of Giving go to support faculty and staff professional development - the Parents Association Gala Fund-a-Fellowship initiative. Read about the impact of professional development in the stories below from Parker faculty members.
“The NCSS conference provided a wealth of knowledge that has directly impacted the curriculum and student learning experience. Several sessions offered specific strategies for designing rigorous, student-centered lessons. Our sixth-grade students have engaged consistently in rigorous, objective-driven activities and lessons throughout the year, many of which are derived from work completed at the conference.”
- Rob Campbell, Middle School teacher

“Through Parker’s professional development, I've gained imperative musical knowledge and a deeper understanding of students' musical and emotional needs in my classroom.”
- Alia Jyawook, Lower School teacher

“I was grateful for the opportunity to meet fellow colleagues at the Harkness conference. It was an invigorating experience because I got to be both a student and a teacher during the workshop."
- Mary Ong-Dean, Middle School teacher

“The art workshop provided to me by Parker’s professional development fund increased my practical knowledge of printmaking processes. I brought these insights to the classroom to advance the students’ studio practice and expand the printmaking component of 2D Art.”
- Melanie Taylor, Upper School teacher

“Parker provided the opportunity for me to earn my Independent School Teaching Certificate through USD. The experience has made a huge impact on my teaching. I've been able to modify my teaching for the better and to benefit my students and myself as an educator. A growth mindset was a huge takeaway from the experience and it's something I try to instill in the children and in my profession as well.”
- Theresa Tran, Lower School teacher

“Parker helped me to develop my awareness and understanding of the goals of college board programs by supporting my attendance at the AP National Conference in Washington, DC. Upon my return, I was able to share new information about developments in the AP and SAT testing program with my colleagues at Parker.”
- Kim Wimpey, Upper School teacher

“Being able to implement MAP testing with my students has allowed me to better identify specific areas of learning focus. I can use this information to pinpoint individual’s areas for growth.”
- Birdy Hartman, Lower School teacher
“Spending the week with fellow English teachers reinvigorates my teaching and inspires me to try out new strategies and activities in my classroom. Teachers learn best from each other, and the best professional development opportunities are built around this core principle. Listening to other teachers and sharing my own experiences forces reflection and continued refinement of my own teaching practice.”
- Rachel Krause, Upper School teacher
"I attended two conferences which sustained my commitment to employing both the Harkness method and, now, the Reflective Structured Dialogue approach to in-class discussions. Currently, while rampant technological development is impeding our students from sustaining their ability to engage in person-to-person conversations on a regular basis, both approaches are proving invaluable into sustaining student cognitive ability in the classroom. By relying on people, not devices, to encourage the learning environment, both the Harkness and the Reflective Structured Dialogue approach make meaningful engagement in the classroom (and beyond)."
- Eric Taylor, Upper School teacher

"I can say that coupled with Parker's supportive environment, the professional development opportunities afforded to me have been integral to creating sustainable programming for student success, faculty engagement, administrative leadership, and parent involvement."
- Christen Tedrow-Harrison, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

“The Harkness training made available to me by Parker’s professional development helped to foster conversations and student-driven discussions in my classes. I want to be the ‘guide on the side’ rather than the ‘sage on the stage,’ and this training gave me the tools to do that. “
-Dr. Rai Wilson, Upper School teacher

Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900