Honoring Francisco Parra


Francisco Parra

High School Science Teacher

South Gate, CA

As a graduate of Pacific Palisades High School in LAUSD, Francisco Parra was well prepared for completing a biochemistry degree at Loyola Marymount University. The education he received has taken him from working as a cancer formulation scientist, to Columbia Law School, and finally to what he believes is his true calling, teaching. Currently, Mr. Parra serves as the AVID Science Teacher, Leadership Teacher, AVID Site Team member, Instructional Team member, and as School Site Council Secretary for a third year at STEAM Legacy High School in South Gate, CA.  Mr. Parra finds his work rewarding everyday.  He hopes to help provide an educational experience to our students such that they too can find their way to feeling self-actualized.

Why do you teach?

I teach because I believe our students deserve excellent public schools; I am driven and fulfilled by seeing my contributions towards this goal everyday.

What do you love about teaching?

Being part of the excitement my students feel when they are empowered to be successful at anything they set their mind to.

When you were a student, was there a great teacher who inspired you?

I was fortunate to have many dedicated teachers in my life. One, Ms. Matthews, was first to call me Mr. Parra. Years later I feel she saw in me what I now believe to be true, my true calling is teaching.