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Mrs. Cassie Raftis-Parker
My name is Cassie Raftis-Parker This will be my 19th year teaching at Silverlake! I have been the P.E. teacher at our school since the doors opened in 1998. It has been such a rewarding experience teaching at this amazing school. I have enjoyed watching all of my Silverlake Stars grow and learn from year to year. It is always a joy to have my former Stars come back for a visit! I even have had the privledge of having a few "Grand-students" - some of my very first students have families of their own and their children have attended Silverlake!
I have two boys who attend Silverlake. My oldest is in 4th grade and my 6 year old is in Kindergarten. My WONDERFUL husband George and I celebrate 19 years together and 15 years of marriage. We met through the gymnastics community (we were both coaches, George was an Elite coach at SEGA- having a few students that almost qualified Olympics!)
I would like to tell you about my background. I attended Ball High School in Galveston. I ran track at Ball as a sprinter, relay runner, long jumper and was a 5A State Champion in track for Ball High School. I was given a full scholarship in Track and Field to Lamar University where I received my teaching degree. As you can imagine, track and field is my passion! I was also a competitive gymnast in Galveston for 10 years at Studio i and played volleyball through Junior High. I had classical ballet training for 15 years, perfoming in many ballets with Galveston Ballet.
I am very excited about the upcoming school year and to be working with Coach Bitner for over 7 years. We are a Dynamic DUO and love teaching together! We are ready to “out–do” what we’ve done in the past and make this year the best year yet for our SUPERSTARS!!!!
I am Mindy Bitner and I am Silverlake's P.E. Aide. My daughter, who is now 18 and off to college, attended Silverlake for all five years of her elementary years. I love helping our stars learn about all the things their bodies can do! They grow and achieve so much from year to year, it is a privlidge to be here as a witness. We are going to have a SUPERSTAR school year!