Kate Douglas Parkin founded Sparking Minds in the spring of 2014. As a longtime educator and a new mom herself, she realizes that many parents just don’t have the bandwidth to ensure that their children are engaged in learning over the summer.
Mrs. Parkin has over a decade of experience working with students of all ages, from third grade to SAT prep courses. With former teaching posts in the San Francisco Bay area and in Brooklyn, NY, as a Teach for America corps member, Mrs. Parkin has worked with a diverse population of learners. She has an ability to build genuine connections with students, a warm and engaging spirit, and a straightforward style.
A current fourth grade teacher at Yarmouth Elementary School in Yarmouth, Maine, Mrs. Parkin grew up in Yarmouth and attended local schools, graduating from Yarmouth High School in 1999.
Mrs. Parkin graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in geography, and earned a master’s degree in education from Bank Street College of Education. She lives in her hometown of Yarmouth, Maine, with her husband Kris, also a teacher, and their daughter Jane. She enjoys cooking, singing, and reading.
For the summer of 2015, Mrs. Parkin provides all of Sparking Minds’ tutoring services.
References available upon request.