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2019 Common Principles Uncommon Lives Presenter Bios

Liz Geller, Class of 2008

Liz is currently working in Sudbury as an ABA tutor at Haynes in the Partner program. She attended UVM for undergrad and earned a Masters from Fitchburg State, both degrees in early childhood education. Her philosophy of education is largely based on the habits and principles taught and practiced at Parker. In the 2016/2017 school year, she designed and implemented a kindergarten curriculum for The Cottage Children’s Center based on critical thinking, inquiry, and collaboration. "It is essential that students are given a voice in their education and that there are multiple ways to engage with the curriculum."


Katie Shankle Hoesing, Class of 2006

Katrina holds a bachelor's degree in International Studies from American University and a Master's in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  Domestically, she has worked in government relations for a trade association in Washington DC and internationally she has worked in micro-finance and micro-enterprise in India and Nicaragua.  From 2012-2014 she served as a Community Economic Development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa where she met her husband.  She currently works as a Watch Officer in the State Department's 24-hour Operations Center.  


Stephen Rines, Class of 2009

Stephen co-owns local music store “City Music”.  After earning a bachelor's degree in business management from UMASS Amherst, he returned to his family's music store to build upon his Parker senior project, managing City Music's e-commerce department.  Over 5 years internet retail has become one of the largest parts of the store, and continues to grow.  Along side the Music store, he also owns and operates the Devens Anytime Fitness gym, a venture which explores a very different type of sales than e-commerce.


Matt Smith, founding Parker teacher

Matt is a founding faculty member of Parker when it opened its doors in September 1995, and he has fond memories of window-less rooms, second-hand furniture, and assemblies in the Vault. Over the years, he has worn many hats, mainly by teaching Arts and Humanities classes in both Divisions 1 and 3, but also by teaching Senior Seminar, being a Divisional Coordinator, and serving on the Board of Trustees. Matt remains passionate about the mission of Parker and the 10 Common Principles, especially the ideals of “a tone of decency and trust,” democracy and equity, and the model of “student as worker, teacher as coach.” 


James Wong, Class of 2001

James was among the first students at Parker back in 1995 and after graduating, James attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying Information Systems and Business Administration. Through his career James has worked as a consultant in a variety of industries including insurance, banking, federal agencies, higher education, and computer gaming all focusing on assisting the organizations analyze, design, and improve their business and align technology to create efficiencies. In the passed 18 months James has focused on data privacy and each individual's right to access to, and protection of, their personal information. James and his wife Erika (also a Parker graduate) recently moved to central Vermont where Erika works as a nurse at the local community hospital and James has transitioned from consulting to a full time leadership position with a mid-size insurance company.

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