Zachary Parker is a third-generation educator and now serves as Managing Director of System and School Practice at The Achievement Network. He sets a vision of excellence for 800+ system and school partners and manages cross-functional teams to evolve and execute that vision. Zachary is an alum of Teach For America and former award-winning 7th-grade math teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana, post-Katrina.
Zachary's educational interests include mathematics, early childhood education, and advancing equity through grade-level, standards-based instruction. In 2017, Zachary launched Accelerate Education Consulting, where he supports national school teams to take action on school culture, practice, and instruction. His school experience in DC and across the country led Zachary to realize how divorced many education policies are from the realities that students, educators, and parents face in PK-12 education. As a result, Zachary turned to public office and now serves as the Ward 5 member on the DC State Board of Education.
Since being sworn in on January 2, 2019, Zachary has focused on accelerating equitable outcomes for vulnerable student groups. After only a year in office, he launched the Ward 5 Education Equity Committee, a community-led organization organizing educators, parents, and neighbors to address local educational matters. Zachary's advocacy has contributed to increased funding for McKinley Technology High School's biotechnology department and transportation for youth experiencing homelessness in Ward 5. To address the impact of COVID-19, Zachary partnered with the Ward 5 Education Equity Committee in 2020 to raise over $12,000 to provide 300+ students school supplies and provide materials, like Wi-Fi hotspots and headphones, to schools to aid in virtual and hybrid learning.
Zachary serves as a proud board member of Love to Langa, a U.S. based non-profit supporting programs to provide hope and educational opportunities for the children of Langa, South Africa. Currently, Love to Langa is working to build a Montessori school for the children of South Africa. Zachary believes the push for quality education is truly a global endeavor.
Zachary received a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from Northwestern University and a M.A. in Education Policy and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.