Meet Coach Brandi

  1. Updates

Brandi Parker is in her first year as coach at a B.R.I.C.K Peshine Elementary School in Newark, NJ. Brandi has five years of Playworks experience running through her bones. In Brandi's time as Program Coordinator at B.R.I.C.K Peshine, Brandi has implemented smooth transitions into the building after recess, Jr. Coaches supporting recess and giving High Fives, run a successful indoor recess, and is working hard to get a grant approved to have the recess space repaved. Shout out to Coach Brandi!!!

About Brandi

Favorite Game: Jedi Mind Trick

Favorite Cheer: The Banana Cheer

Favorite Thing about Newark: The people…I love meeting, talking to and getting to know new people. There is always something to learn. The residents of Newark that I have met have been so welcoming and open it has made working in Newark daily an absolute pleasure!

If you could have any super power: what would it be and why?: I would love to be able to Self-Replicate…the ability to make several copies of myself to get things done quickly so I have more time for the things that really matter like being of service or spending quality time with my sons

More Updates


October 6, 2020

Using Play to Foster Social Connections and Physical Activity ›

Play isn’t just fun and games – it’s a vital aspect of our health and well-being. When we play, we engage our bodies, minds, and senses, creating opportunities for increased physical activity, learning, and connection with others. Play can even help relieve stress and support the development of important social-emotional skills, including communication and cooperation.…

September 3, 2020

How Equity, Trauma, and Play Intersect ›

The play opportunity gap Play is critical for healthy child development as it is a safe way for kids to experiment and practice building relationships and cooperating with others. And yet, even in normal circumstances before COVID-19, there wasn’t an equal opportunity for every kid to play. We need to make sure this disparity does…

August 14, 2020

Playful Ways to Build Relationships in 2020 ›

Rapport building is always key to a successful, engaging school year. When kids feel safe, empowered, and cared for, they are more likely to attend school, lean into their education, and develop critical social and emotional skills. This year, students around the country are going to school virtually, in-person with potential virtual experiences during COVID…