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‘Where Are They Now?’ – Marc Parris

Marc Parris, a 2002 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and former high school teacher, is currently a resident in both general pediatrics and adult general anesthesia at the University of California in Irvine.

After graduating from MVHS, Dr. Parris attended Harvard College where he majored in physics before joining the college’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. Dr. Parris served as a student teacher in the Boston Public Schools system while taking classes at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Eventually, he led his own classroom for a semester at the Boston Arts Academy, teaching physics to a group of students who had passions for music, dance, theatre, or the visual arts.

During his time at Harvard, Dr. Parris also worked as a co-coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drives, as the manager of the Harvard Women's Varsity Tennis Team, and was an active member of Let's Get Ready! – a free, non-profit SAT Prep company that was founded in Mount Vernon.

Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Parris spent four years working as a full-time high school physics teacher at the, then new, Community Charter School of Cambridge. There, he taught physics, chemistry, algebra, SAT Prep, and dance electives to students in grades 9-12. He also led the school’s Mock Trial team.

“My four years at the Community Charter School of Cambridge was a life-changing experience,” said Dr. Parris. “It was very special to help build the foundation for a new school, to work with eager students and families, and learn from energetic and enthusiastic staff and faculty.”

“I consider myself lucky to have grown up in Mount Vernon; the education and support I received was top-notch. Many teachers, coaches, and counselors at Mount Vernon pushed me, supported me, and encouraged me to do my best,” he said. “I hope that the current students in Mount Vernon know that there are and will always be people in the schools that want to see you succeed, and that they will do anything they can to help you achieve your goals. I'm glad that I was able to capitalize on this, and I hope that you will too.”

Dr. Parris recognized Mr. Wolf, his high school physics teacher; Coach Hintzen, his tennis coach of four years; Ms. Williams, his Family Group guidance counselor; and Mr. Court, his AP US History and Government teacher and life-long Eagle Scout extraordinaire for their support during his time as a Mount Vernon student.

“Many of the habits I tried to pass along to my students came from my interactions at Mount Vernon High School, and I am glad that I was able to share my experiences with other students and families,” he said.

While serving as a teacher, Dr. Parris also continued working with Let's Get Ready! as an educational consultant, travelling around New England training college students in classroom management and the program’s structured curriculum. He also had the privilege of joining Masacote Entertainment as a professional salsa dancer, travelling and performing throughout the eastern United States, Canada, and Europe.

In 2010, after feeling the urge to engage a bit more in rigorous science and service, Dr. Parris enrolled in medical school at the University of California in San Francisco. He translated his work and experiences as a student and a teacher to the pediatric parent-child dyad during his time at clinical sites in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael, and Fresno, California.

He became a co-coordinator of the Pediatrics Interest Group; developed an online self-assessment tool for the School of Medicine; earned a Master's in Public Health from the University of California in Berkeley in Maternal and Child Health after completing research on socioeconomic effects of health outcomes in the pediatric intensive care unit; and was elected as a regional director and national board member of the Student National Medical Association, the largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting underrepresented students and physicians in medicine and addressing healthcare inequalities. 

When his medical education concluded in 2015, Dr. Parris began a five-year residency program in pediatrics and anesthesiology at the University of California in Irvine.

He currently trains at the Children's Hospital of Orange County, Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's and Women's Hospital, UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in various wards; emergency rooms; neonatal, pediatric, surgical, and cardiovascular intensive care units; and operating rooms.

When he’s not training, Dr. Parris enjoys spending time with his wife, Arielle, and two Dauchsund mixes, Ms. Cleo and Thor, in Orange, California; biking along the Santa Ana River Trail and Pacific Ocean; and rooting for the Yankees from afar.