Frannie Parkinson

    3rd grade

    Hello Wonderful Whittier Families,

    I am so excited for another amazing year teaching third grade here at Whittier!  This is my third year teaching third grade and I could not be happier!  What a special place we all get to be a part of.  Before coming to Whittier I taught 4th and 5th grades at Foothill Elementary here in BVSD.

    I am originally from the Chicago area but received my undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) in Environmental Studies and Geology.  Later, I attended the University of Utah (Go Utes!) where I completed my Masters in Education.

    In addition to having worked in the traditional school setting as a classroom teacher, I have also held the positions of paraprofessional, access specialist for the visually impaired, and long-term substitute teacher.  I have a background in environmental and adventure education and strongly believe in experiential education.  I continuously strive to view my teaching and my students’ learning through this “hands-on learning” lens.

    When not in the classroom, you can find me cooking, painting, skiing, trail running, rock climbing, or out on a backpacking trips!

    I look forward to working with all of you and supporting our awesome 3rd graders this year!

    Teacher Candidate Allison

    Hi! I am really looking forward to joining the 3rd Grade team this year at Whittier Elementary as a teacher candidate through the Friends School Teacher Preparation Program along with the Masters in Education program from the University of Colorado. For the past 18 years, I have been a stay-at-home mom and an avid volunteer in BVSD schools, the Boulder Humane Society and Voices for Children, where I am a trained court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children in Boulder County.


    Prior to having children, I received my BS in Journalism from the CU here in Boulder. Originally from California, I worked as a legal journalist in San Francisco and in Denver. I knew I wanted to be working with children in the classroom after volunteering in a 1st Grade bilingual classroom in San Francisco. I completed the CU Elementary Education program here at CU prior to having children and have worked with elementary and preschool students in Colorado as both a volunteer and paraprofessional.


    My love for working with children began when I was a high school student teaching tennis to elementary- and middle school-aged children.  I believe that teachers and students learn from each other. I strive to nurture a positive classroom environment that gets children engaged in learning while teaching them to be compassionate. This kind of experience will help them to grow into life long learners who are inspired to follow his or her passions and make a difference in the world.


    Outside of the classroom, I love being with my family, playing tennis, running, skiing, hiking, learning guitar and Spanish, playing with my dogs, and even attempting to ride a unicycle!