2014 Literacy Champions

Kimberly N. Parker

English teacher at the Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Kimberly N. Parker is a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion and English teacher at the Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, MA. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and her research looks at the literacy practices of young Black men.

Kim has taught in charter, pilot schools and public schools, within urban and suburban contexts, as well as in a middle school for Black boys. She has an unwavering belief in the power and promise of adolescents of color.

Kim has received several honors, including the Marion Gleason Most Promising New Teacher Award from the New England Association of Teachers of English. (NEATE) Additionally, she serves as the Secondary Representative At-Large for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and is the President-Elect for NEATE.

She regularly delivers professional development locally and nationally for teachers and administrators covering topics that include: adolescent literacy strategies for young Black men and struggling readers; children’s and young adult multicultural literature; incorporating nonfiction into middle school and high school classrooms; writing strategies for engaging students and many others.

Current Projects

Kim is running a new Black Literary Society at Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School for her students.