Samantha Parrish Third and Fourth Grade Literacy Teacher - Lorca Elementary

About Ms. Parrish

I am very excited to return to Lorca this year! I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, and I moved to Chicago after I graduated. I have spent the last 9 years in Chicago teaching Kindergarten, second, third, and fourth grades. I live with my husband and son in Logan Square and love to go to parks, dine out at local restaurants, and go to the Logan Theater.

I can be reached via email at sparrish@cps.edu, and I am available to meet before or after school with advanced notice.

Personalized Learning

  • Empowering students with the autonomy to drive their learning
  • Reflecting on best practices for technology use and integration in the classroom
  • Educating the whole child

Personalized learning in my classroom looks like...

Students engaging in learning tasks in a flexible learning environment; students participating in group work and independent work; students building community by playing games and greeting one another. Student choice leads to student agency.

Personalized learning in my classroom feels like...

A team effort. Everyone is all in. We have a strong, trusting community including students, teachers, staff, and parents. Each student's strengths are celebrated and areas of growth are nurtured so that we all fit together.

Personalized learning in my classroom sounds like...

  • Students discussing ideas with each other.
  • Students asking one another for help before asking the teacher.
  • Students explaining what they are learning, not just what they are doing.
  • Quiet, focused engagement with independent tasks.
  • Laughter and celebration.

Class Links for Literacy

Social Emotional Learning

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

- J. K. Rowling

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are going to have a great year learning about ourselves and each other!


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