Parthenia Izzard is a retired educator, and psychologist who graduated from Westtown High School in Westtown Pennsylvania although originally from New York’s Westchester County. After marriage to her wonderful husband John, Parthenia moved to Pennsylvania. She is a 30 year Pennsylvania resident. She received her Bachelor’s in psychology from Boston University, her Masters in education from Manhattanville College, and completed all of the coursework for a dual specialization PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology with an A average but is an ABD, “all but the dissertation,” because she did not grieve the deaths of her mother and son quickly enough for the university. Parthenia did her doctoral internship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Dr. Warren E. Smith Health Centers, Northeast Treatment Centers, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Imotep High School, Imani Elementary School, and a Christian Charter School. Parthenia has certifications from New York and Pennsylvania, including kindergarten, elementary education, special education k-12, and social studies K-12. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
As a boarding student at Westtown High School, Parthenia served on its Service Committee volunteering in Philadelphia and was also Service Committee Chair. As a US Rowing referee at regattas, she insures safety and fairness for the athletes on and off the water.
Before teaching, Parthenia was the administrative director for the non-profit Mount Vernon Fine Arts Cultural Center, founded by her mother, Tina Sattin, in Westchester New York. They provided free and low cost training in theater, dance, and writing. Parthenia obtained grants from the local, county, and the state governments. Young people and adults developed public speaking skills. Denzel Washington and Heavy D, also known as Dwight Myers, were her mother’s acting students. Heavy D was one of the students Parthenia taught science to in the Alternative High School in New York.
She taught all disciplines of social studies (history, geography, philosophy, psychology, and civics). Parthenia taught chemistry, biology, earth science, and physics at an alternative high school. On the college level she taught psychology. As a psychologist Parthenia focused on psychological testing, family therapy, group therapy, and individual therapy. After marriage and simultaneously moving to Pennsylvania, her aunt, Mattie Humphrey, introduced her to Dr. Frank Wyatt under whom she became a Certified Natural Healthcare Practitioner through the Delaware Valley Naturopathic Medical Association in Pennsylvania, accredited by the American Naturopathic Medical Association.
Parthenia’s nonprofit community experience in the arts, her academic background in psychology and education, as well as her support of and participation in US rowing, provide a very strong foundation for leadership in the areas of education, mental health, and volunteerism. Parthenia was student body present president as a doctoral student, she has been a vice Commodore and Vice President for one of her rowing clubs, a past Vice Commodore of the Philadelphia Canoe Club, and currently the Board Secretary for the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia. Although Parthenia is not a career politician, she has certainly had a myriad of leadership positions as an educator (even chosen Teacher of the Year by Ben Franklin High School), in the Philadelphia rowing community, in the academic community as a student, in the arts as an administrator, and in the wellness community through her radio program.
Parthenia knows what educators and education needs, she knows what those suffering mental illness and addiction need, she knows what people in need of healthcare need. She will be a strong voice for leveling the playing field when it comes to education in my district, making sure healthcare insurance is affordable, and facilitating solutions for the addictive crises in which we find ourselves. Parthenia cares about you and your concerns Parthenia wants to hear your opinions and concerns and together we can make our district a better district meeting those concerns. Go to PartheniaForSenate.com to support her campaign.
Parthenia Izzard will be a senator who has done more than her share of volunteerism, with firsthand knowledge regarding the psychological and physical health of others, and who knows education inside and out. She will seek and listen to your concerns, act on them and represent you with integrity. Together we can insure equity and safety in the workplace for women, affordable and effective healthcare, and equitable distribution of state education funds, and much more. She wants to bring fresh air to the Senate with a hint of perfume.
Let me know your concerns. Use the button below to see video excerpts where Parthenia had one minutes to answer questions posed. It was hard to know how much time one had left to speak. Also, Parthenia references this being an opportunity for her to be District 17's first woman of color in the PA State Senate. There currently is no woman of color in the PA State Senate.
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