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Tammy Parker

Direct Support Professional

Tammy Parker, Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Classroom 118 Team Leader is proud to be working at Rainbows. “I have a teenage daughter who has Autism, and I know first-hand how special and challenging life can be,” said Tammy. Tammy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, however that is not her interest any longer. “I work in the English Department at Derby High School, working with Special Education. That is my passion.”

Tammy’s previous experience in the field before working at Rainbows is just real life. “Life with Autism isn’t always easy,” said Tammy. She has been working at Rainbows since May of 2023. “I was really happy when Tiffany asked me to be a Lead,” says Tammy. “I was a little nervous, but I knew I wanted the job, and I knew I would love it! My biggest achievement is watching the kids at Camp laugh and participate in events. Some events the kids said “no” to and then they changed their minds.” Tammy arrives at camp early to match up the kids and buddies. Then, they plan their day.

“My favorite part of the job is working with the most amazing kids,” says Tammy. “After lunch, we have some down time to read books and just talk about the day!” One of Tammy’s favorite memories of working at Rainbows is last summer at Camp Woodchuck, the kids went to Club Rodeo and Tammy was able to teach a teenage boy that wanted no part of dancing to do the YMCA. “He was laughing and doing the dance,” said Tammy. “We had so much fun that we even did the YMCA for our class talent at the end of summer talent show.”

Tammy and her husband, Kelly have 4 kids and 2 grandkids, Emmett and Elena. Her youngest daughter, Abby has Autism and is amazing. “My family is my world,” says Tammy. She also has a dog named Sadie. As a DSP, and classroom leader Tammy is  thrilled to be a part of the Rainbows family. She really enjoys being around children and helping them in any way possible. That is what makes her a unique person. Some of Tammy’s personal hobbies that she enjoys outside of work are making journals and beaded pens to sell at craft shows.

Written by Megan Bailey, Volunteer Writer

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