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Mrs. Cassie Raftis-Parker
My name is Cassie Raftis-Parker This is my 22nd 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 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 and one here at Silverlake in 3rd grade. My husband 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. 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. During college and after I coached gymnastics, ending my coaching carreer at Reflex in 2004.