Parker takes the helm at Barranca

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The Barranca Elementary Bobcats will start the year with a new leader at the helm: Bradley Parker.
Parker has been in education since 1990, working as a teacher at Santa Fe High School and Los Alamos Middle School. He holds degrees from West Virginia University and the University of New Mexico.
Parker has been an administrator since 1996, serving in school administration at the Pre-K to 12 levels in Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Jemez Valley. He also served his administrative internship at Mountain Elementary.
“For three years I was at the Public Education Department in the Priority Schools Bureau and the Career Technical Workforce Education Bureau,” Parker said. “I have been lucky to work for some great folks!”
Prior to entering the world of education, he was a professional Naval Officer finishing his career as a Reserve Officer and retiring at the rank of Commander (O-5). He was stationed mostly in the United States, but his favorite duty station was Pearl Harbor, where both of his children were born.
Parker and wife Cindy have been married for 30 years. They have two sons, Ben and Adam, both Eagle Scouts and college graduates.
This summer you may have found him fishing, camping and canoeing. When time doesn’t permit for those things he likes to play the guitar.
He is ready for the new school year and is very excited to be back in Los Alamos. “I loved working with the community almost 20 years ago when I was a new teacher and look forward to it again, he said. “Secondly, I will love to be back working with our elementary students and families.”
Parker enjoys when parents are open to augmenting teaching activities with their professional/vocational expertise and knows it can be very fun for everyone involved.
He knows that this relationship gives students a picture of teamwork between home and school that they may not see elsewhere.
“I am very excited to be back! Los Alamos revitalized my desire to be in education years ago and I can’t wait to give back to a place that helped me be who I am.”
Parker knows that this is the age when one can make the most difference in a child’s life.
“I love the sheer joy of learning that you find with these students! They can be influenced and can succeed easily if they have the right people in their lives.”
He said he hopes to get to know each and every one of them.