Parke Treadway, Public Information Officer
Parke Treadway is a Northern California native raised in the public schools of Palo Alto and graduating with honors from San Jose State University with a BA degree in English. She has a passion for youth and education and has volunteered for nearly three decades in all aspects of schooling, in districts and classrooms ranging from well-funded and high achieving to low income and high need. This experience and heart for equity led her to the classrooms of Ravenswood City School District, volunteering through the non-profit program All Students Matter. As a veteran volunteer for ASM, she now serves on the Leadership Team as Co-Site Director for Costaño Elementary School, a liaison position between the volunteers, teachers, and administration of the school.
At the school administration and district level, Parke has been engaged to write Distinguished School Award and federal grant applications. Parke served as a Board member for the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation and her initial marketing campaign won an Apple Award for outstanding projects from the California Consortium of Education Foundations. As a member of MPAEF’s Jeannie Ritchie Innovation Grant committee, Parke awarded and acted as liaison to a variety of classroom innovation projects. As Co-Founder of the The SchoolForward Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides design-driven professional development activities to educators, Parke provides the communications and logistics necessary to fulfill the foundation’s mission of making professional development and resources in education design principles available at reasonable cost to any education professional who desires them.
Prior to joining MPCSD, Parke worked for many years in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, providing administrative, grant-writing, and marketing support for a non-profit continuing medical education program. Within MPCSD Parke served as coordinator for the Mini-Course program, a week-long session of over thirty-five courses on a variety of topics for the nearly 900 students at Hillview Middle School, before moving to the district office as Public Information Officer. As PIO, she now focuses on telling MPCSD’s story as a community collectively working together to ensure that every child achieves academic excellence, becomes emotionally and physically stronger, and discovers and grows their talents. Parke’s two children, one in college and one in high school, graduated from the MPCSD schools and her experience as a district parent enhances her understanding of and relationships with the community on which we depend for our support.