Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Kinesiology with a teaching certification.
Mrs. Raftis-Parker "Coach Parker"
My name is Cassie Raftis-Parker This is my 23rd year teaching at Silverlake! I have been the P.E. teacher at our school since the doors opened in 1998. I have the BEST job EVER!! 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 the privledge of having "Grand-students" - some of my very first students have families of their own and their children attended Silverlake!
I have two boys, one in Junior High in Pearland and one here at Silverlake in 4th grade. My husband George and I met before I was a PE teacher when I coached gymnastics. We met through the gymnastics community. George was an Elite coach at SEGA and at Reflex Gymnastics.- (he even had a few gymnasts that qualified Olympic trials!)
I would like to tell you about my background. Originally from the North East, (New York and Connecticut) my parents moved us to Texas when I was in 5th grade. In high school, I attended Ball High in Galveston. I ran track at Ball as a sprinter, relay runner, long jumper and I 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. During college and after, I coached gymnastics ending my (gymnastics)coaching carreer at Reflex in 2004 to pursue teaching PE at Silverlake only.
I look forward to meeting you and your children! Despite all of the worries surrounding COVID, we are going to have a great year TOGETHER... but apart... :(
Coach Parker :)