Hello, my name is Taryn Parker and this is my second year working in the Oregon Trail School District. I’m originally from Gresham and then moved to Eugene where I earned my Bachelor’s in Speech Pathology and Master’s in Special Education from the University of Oregon. Following my Master’s program, I spent the next four years working for the Department of Defense teaching soldiers and working with military youth in the Army’s Child, Youth and School Services department. I have an amazing little boy, Grayson, who is turning 2 during the school year. When I’m not teaching we are traveling throughout the U.S., exploring different parks and hiking areas in Oregon, and spending time with our family. This past summer we traveled to Central Oregon, the coast, Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.