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Board of Trustees

Members of the Parker Board of Trustees

Steven Roach - Chair
Mary-Wren VanderWilden - Vice Chair
Theresa Espinola - Treasurer
Laura Warner - Secretary
Todd Sumner - Principal
Julie Bartsch
Cindy Stack-Haan
Kayla Reeves
Christine Regan Davi
Joe Howard
Glenn Penna
Jennifer Saxe
Martin Turnbull
Colin Igoe
Jeannie LaPlatney

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School
Board of Trustee Meetings 2017-2018

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Parker Board of Trustees are held in Room 27 at the Parker School from 6:45 pm until 9:00 pm.

September 13, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 8, 2017
December 13, 2017
January 10, 2018
February 14, 2018
March 14, 2018
April 11, 2018
May 9, 2018
June 13, 2018

There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee immediately prior to each Board meeting at 5:45 in Room 33 at the Parker School.

As a public school, Parker is subject to the MA Open Meeting Laws.  All of our Board of Trustee Meetings and Board Committee Meetings are open to the public and the minutes to these meetings are available here

If you would like additional information for older meetings it is available and may be obtained by emailing 

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Jeannie LaPlatney

Jeannie is in her first year as one of the two Parker teachers on the Board of Trustees. Jeannie has been teaching Spanish at Parker for the past three years and currently sits on the Governance Committee. She grew up in Connecticut and went to college at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and completed a Master's and Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Parker, Jeannie taught Spanish and advised at the University level, most recently at West Point. Transitioning from college to high school teaching, Jeannie felt reenergized as an educator the first time she read the 10 Common Principles. Her favorite is "less is more;" depth, over breadth is a daily teaching goal that she aspires to. Jeannie lives in Worcester and enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, and travel.

Kayla Reeves

Kayla, a Parker alumna from the Class of 2009, is currently serving her second term as a Trustee. She credits the Parker community with her passion for education reform and is honored to stay connected to the school in this way. She grew up in Shirley and currently lives in Cambridge. Kayla earned a BA in Sociology & Education and a Master's in Public Administration, both from Clark University. After working in community engagement at a non-profit in Boston for a year, she joined the Office of Career Services at Fisher College in the Back Bay of Boston where she worked as Assistant Director, managing the internship program and employer relations. Kayla now works at UMass Lowell in the Career & Co-op Center. Outside of work you will likely find her training for a running race, practicing yoga, spending time with her family (her older twin brothers are also Parker alums!), and watching/learning about Manchester United and the Premier League.

Laura Warner

One of two Parker teachers on the Board of Trustees, Laura has been teaching Wellness classes at Parker since 2003. Currently, she co-chairs the Diversity and Enrollment Committee, and sits on the Governance Committee. Laura lives in Ayer, and keeps busy with her family: John, a special ed teacher; Isabel, a 15 year old competitive swimmer, Simon, a fast-moving 5 year old; and a happy little girl, Georgie. She grew up in Upstate NY, graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in "Psychology, Gender and Society," and has her Ed.M in "Risk and Prevention Education" from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Committed to helping students learn to use their minds well and fostering a culture of trust and decency, Laura looks forward to highlighting the excellent teaching and learning at Parker!

Mary-Wren vanderWilden

Mary-Wren has been a Trustee at Parker for five years. Currently she is serving as the Vice Chair and is a member of the Development Committee. She was excited to re-engage with Parker after helping to write the original charter and teach there the first year in 1995-1996. She has been involved in education for 27 years doing everything from teaching math and even driver education to consulting. She taught at Pasadena High School, a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools and also worked for the Coalition at Brown University for a year. Mary-Wren grew up in Santa Barbara, California and went to college at Scripps College outside of Los Angeles where she studied International Relations. She fell in love with the East Coast after getting an MGA at University Pennsylvania and an MEd at Harvard University and has lived in Concord, Massachusetts ever since. Her three boys are grown and in college or working and she enjoys an active life with her husband, Philip and dog, Guinness.

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