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Terry Parker

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three part series introducing Galt Joint Union High School District Board candidates. One high school board candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition.

Terry Parker has a vested interested in running again for a seat as a trustee for Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD). She’s a graduate of Galt High, as was her father and son John. Her daughter Madison graduated from Liberty Ranch High School. She’s served 12 years on the Board of Trustees and worked hard for Galt’s high school students.

During her tenure, she helped passed Measure E, worked to build Liberty Ranch High and see to it that both high schools have new stadiums. What will really get her talking is the success of Galt grads.

Recently, as a part of college prep, a Liberty Ranch student was able to attend Harvard University, and a Galt student was welcomed to West Point.

FFA students keep excelling, and two were elected as State of California officers for this school year, as well as being named to the FFA District Hall of Fame, many of Galt’s FFA students have taken National Championships .… and the list of Galt students’ accomplishments go on.

“Many good things are happening at our three high schools,” Parker said. “It is all due to teamwork, respect and a passion to give each and every student the best education experience possible.”

Parker has lived in Galt since the age of 4 and raised her children here. She attended Chico State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, but followed in her father’s footsteps when it came to her career. She’s been a realtor for decades in the area.

Her most valued character traits are family, community, compassion, honesty, integrity, faith, inclusiveness and equality.

“I take a lot of pride in our community and the people in it,” Parker said. “We have a special place, and I am proud to call it my home. I look forward to spending time with family and friends, continuing to serve our community and work hard at the small local business I own.”

Serving on the high school board is just one of her contributions to the Galt community. She’s been very involved with the Galt District Chamber of Commerce and volunteered and fundraised for several organizations in the community, including Veterans, FFA, 4-H, Kiwanis, boosters, school bonds, Measure E and school resource officer.

She just recently lost her father, who she calls “her best friend.”

“I come from a family that puts a lot of emphasis on working hard for things you want,” Parker said. “This has given me a very good work ethic. My dad instilled in me the importance of giving back to your community, making a difference every chance you get.”

She wants voters to know that she’ll be accessible and has one agenda.

“To make sure all of our kids have equal opportunity to be whatever they desire,” Parker said. “I support teamwork, fiscal responsibility and providing opportunity for our students so they can soar.”