Samantha Parrish Third and Fourth Grade Literacy Teacher - Lorca Elementary

About Ms. Parrish

I am very excited to join the staff at 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 7 years working at a charter school in Chicago teaching Kindergarten and second grade. I'm eager to work with third and fourth graders, build a strong community of learners through social-emotional learning, see what personalized learning looks like at Lorca, and share my knowledge of personalized learning as well.

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

  • Ready to dive deeper into competency based learning
  • Always reflecting on best practices for technology use and integration in the classroom
  • Firm believer in the importance of educating the whole child

Personalized learning in my classroom looks like...

Students engaging in learning tasks in a flexible learning environment. 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.
  • Laughter.
  • Celebration.

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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