meet our new teachers!

Meet our two new teachers and be impressed by their educational histories and accolades. SBES welcomes Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Lally to our school family with thankfulness for their gifts and enthusiasm for promoting excellence in our students.


Tamara Parker, who joins SBES in Computer Education, has returned to DeLand after teaching a variety of subjects and becoming knowledgeable in the Space Program. Upon graduation from Stetson University, she began her instructional career in the education department at US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. From there, she joined the opening staff of the Challenger Space Center of Arizona as Public Programs Director and then completed a graduate internship as a research historian at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Mrs. Parker began her formal education experience as a residential instructor at Oakland School in Keswick, Virginia. She returned to the area as a teacher of social sciences at Deland High, which included American History, Psychology, and Theory of Knowledge for the International Baccalaureate Programme. At DHS she was awarded Beginning Social Studies Teacher of the Year and recognized for excellence in education by the Space Foundation as a Teacher Liaison Officer.


Jennifer (“Jen”) Lally joins SBES as the Student Success Coordinator. During her 10-year teaching career, Ms. Lally built a private business at the John F. Kennedy School in both Berlin, Germany and Ridgefield, Connecticut, where she designed and implemented individualized lessons for exceptional students. In addition, she taught English in Berlin Germany’s private sector for Daimler Chrysler before moving to southwestern Connecticut in 2001 to serve as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher. She is a graduate of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, with a degree in ESE. Ms. Lally enjoys reading, exercise, travel, volunteering, and visiting theme parks with her family and husband, Daniel.

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