Kallie Parker has attended LCA for fifteen years, starting with Mrs. Cole’s K3 class in 2002! She has been at this school longer than any of her other classmates and will become the fourth in her family to graduate from this school.
Kallie’s mother is from New England, growing up in Middletown Springs, Vermont, to a family of native New Englanders. By contrast, Kallie’s father grew up in the deep south, all the way down in Charleston, South Carolina. The two met when she taught his niece in 6th grade. At first, Kallie’s mother did not want to go out with someone shorter than she! Kallie’s father was working at a small card shop creating cards himself; Mr. Parker is quite talented in calligraphy. The two did eventually start dating and finally married after they moved north.
For a time, both of Kallie’s parents taught in LCA’s elementary school program. Kallie had the unusual privilege of having her own mother as a teacher for a year. She remembers that her mother would have to go through the names of all three of her siblings—Will, Cheyenne, Sierra—before getting her name correct! Kallie also remembers that her mother was a very good teacher and especially made science interesting.
Kallie points out that each of her siblings is very different from the others. Kallie also reports that she could tell plenty of stories of them beating her up as a kid! All three of the girls loved horses, but Will was always terrified of them, even of the smallest pony in the barn. Kallie enjoyed riding and showing horses before they moved away from the horse barn.
Kallie has many fond memories of time at LCA with Mickayla Mein, who graduated from LCA last year. Many of her memories center on getting in trouble after school, especially once when Mr. Fry asked who was supervising the two of them in Mrs. Mein’s classroom one afternoon. They responded in unison, “Jesus!” Mickayla and Kallie would enjoy crazy times together and playing together in recess. Kallie has missed hanging out and seeing Mickayla every day this year.
Kallie has also appreciated the teachers here at LCA. Mrs. Mein “always pushed me to do better” and was “always there.” Mrs. O’Rourke listens well and “gives us a hug when we need it” and has always “been there in the hard times” and “gives good advice.” Mrs. Kettlewood has been “brutally honest, but very loving; puts us in our place, but at the right time, she knows to provide encouragement.”
The only church Kallie can remember is Latham Bible Baptist Church where she has grown up. Kallie accepted Christ as her Savior at five years old and was baptized about two years later by Pastor Davoll. She remembers Mr. Lettko (a present LCA school board member) who taught junior church with the help of a stuffed raccoon in a stump—he had to throw it away when “it got gross.” Kallie has helped Mrs. Henry with junior church herself, working with the 3 to 5 year olds. Kallie has been involved in many church Christmas plays through the years.
While attending LCA, Kallie has been involved in ensemble, drama club, NYACS fine arts, volleyball, basketball, yearbook, and has served as a prayer group leader. In her few moments of down time, Kallie admits, “I don’t do a lot,” but she does enjoy reading (especially dystopian fiction) and she also enjoys drawing and writing stories.
Kallie is considering attending Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin this fall and studying early childhood or elementary education and minoring in music. She is also considering a TESL program. Kallie’s life verse comes from 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”