Brett Parker has seen first hand that while great work can be accomplished by working in our communities in schools, businesses, nonprofits, or hospitals, much of it can be undone by ineffective government policy.
Now, Brett is seeking public office to address this very problem.
Born and raised in Johnson County, Brett Parker is a graduate of Olathe East. Today, he works in the same district as an English language teacher at Countryside Elementary School and Pioneer Trail Middle School.
Brett is an active member of the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) and has served as vice president and was made a national delegate of the Olathe National Education Association. In that role, he championed students, their families, and the teachers that serve them while working collaboratively with the superintendent and Olathe Board of Education. Brett also spearheaded the launch of Olathe’s Teacher Ally Program, a voluntary teacher-to-teacher initiative, which pairs every new Olathe teacher with a supporting veteran colleague. Additionally, Brett provides free job searching classes for student teachers in Olathe.
In addition to his service with Olathe Public Schools, Brett has worked with and raised money for many local nonprofit organizations. Brett served as the Social Justice Intern at a local church to educate students about the struggles of their peers around the world. In 2008, Brett organized the Abolition Relay at the Kansas Marathon to raise money for International Justice Mission, a faith based organization dedicated to combatting human trafficking.
Locally, Brett is perhaps best known for his creation of Dressed to the Nines Day, which helps to raise money for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Recently, the event was officially adopted by the Kansas City Royals. For the work with the Royals, Brett and Dressed to the Nines Day have been featured on nearly every local media outlet, as well as ESPN, CBS Sports, and Fox Sports.
Brett graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Social Studies.