Parke is the mother of five boys, ages 13-20, all of whom she has home schooled. After graduating in 1995 with an education degree, she read For the Children’s Sake in 2002. She soon joined a CM study group and began to implement what she had been learning about with her growing family. Parke currently teaches at Crestwood Day School in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been known as the local ‘book lady’ for years, scouring thrift stores, library sales, and yard sales looking for living books, and passing them along to other CM moms.