Alexis Pokorski is a New Jersey Mathematics educator with 13 years of middle school Math teaching experience. Mrs. Pokorski earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a dual certificate in K-8 education and Middle School Mathematics from the University of Delaware where she was a Rho Lambda Honor Society member. Mrs. Pokorski also earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter’s College and holds a P-12 Supervisor Certificate in the State of New Jersey.
Previously, Mrs. Pokorski taught 7th and 8th Grade Math at Garfield Middle School. While at Garfield, Mrs. Pokorski developed, wrote and implemented the Mathematics curriculum for the 7th and 8th grade general and honors education programs.
In addition to her esteemed educational background, Mrs. Pokorski has experience as both a competitive cheerleader and swimmer. She was the Head Coach of the Garfield Middle School Cheer Squad for 10 years and Assistant Coach of the Varsity High School Cheer Squad for 5 years. Mrs. Pokorski also served as the Student Behavioral and Education Modification Advisor at Garfield Middle School, along with many other advisory boards both student and teacher related.
Alexis is married with 2 young children and leads an active lifestyle with consistent and dedicated training and athletic practice.
- University of Delaware – Bachelor of Science – Education (Rho Lambda Honor Society)
- Saint Peter’s College – Master’s – Administration and Supervision
Kristen Haftek has over 20 years of middle school teaching experience in New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a dual certificate in K-8 education and Art from the University of Vermont. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter’s College, and holds a New Jersey P-12 Supervisor Certificate.
From 2000 to 2020 Mrs. Haftek taught Language Arts, Multimedia Journalism, and Graphic Design at Garfield Middle School. During that time, Mrs. Haftek developed, wrote, and implemented the Language Arts, Multimedia Journalism, and Graphic Design curriculum for the 7th and 8th grade general and honors education programs.
Mrs. Haftek has experience as both a competitive soccer and softball player, with coaching experience for both travel and recreation programs.
Away from the classroom Mrs. Haftek is married with three children, and takes pride in leading an active lifestyle.
- University of Vermont – B.S., Education
- Saint Peter’s College – M.A., Education Administration and Supervision
History & Current Events
James has been working professionally in the health and wellness space for over 25 years. Beginning in a commercial setting then moving onto corporate wellness where he has, and continues to, provide wellness services to companies such as Goldman Sachs, primarily in the Wall Street district of NYC for over 20 years.
James is active member with the ACSM Greater New York Regional Chapter and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through CSCS in addition to being a certified running coach, a veteran six time NYC marathoner, and is a certified kettlebell instructor.
James is the founder of Inner Athlete Training, an education based platform that covers the history of physical culture and the philosophies that influenced physical culture from Greek civilization to current day. In addition James is also a filmmaker having attended the prestigious School of Visual Arts filmmaking program and also runs a media company that creates video content for fortune 500 companies and fitness/wellness brands including Men’s Fitness, Shape Magazine, Plus One, Optum Wellness and others. Through this company, James is currently producing a feature length documentary on the history of Physical Culture.
School of Visual Arts – Filmmaking Program – 1986 – 1988
Montclair State University – BS Human Nutrition/Dietetics Program – Minor / Philosophy – 1993 -1998
California University of Pennsylvania – Masters of Science MSc Exercise Science and Health Promotion – 2005 -2007
Personal Development, Director of Admissions & Outreach
Andrea has a Masters in Special Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was also the head coach of the women’s volleyball team. In her time at FDU, she led recruiting efforts and revamped the athletics recruiting process at the school. A former college volleyball player herself, Andrea’s recruits have excelled on the court and in the classroom. The Knights earned The Team Iron Knight award from Strength and Conditioning in 2018, and the NEC conference Sportsmanship award in 2016 and 2019. Off the court, the Knights were honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award six years in a row for their 3.30 cumulative grade-point average. We are excited to have Andrea join us to lead our recruiting and outreach efforts at Parisi Prep.
Health Sciences & Physiology, Strength & Performance Coach
Khalil has been in the fitness realm since 2008 when training for high school wrestling. After 5 years of competitive wrestling and being under a barbell, Khalil began to coach as a sports performance coach and personal trainer. Khalil also is a certified USA Olympic Weightlifting coach as well as a national level athlete in the 67kg weight class.
As of fall 2019, Khalil is continuing his education at CUNY Lehman College in their Human Performance graduate program.
Education and Certifications:
B.S. Exercise Science CUNY Lehman
NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
USAW Level 1
Paul Staples, PhD
Dr. Staples has decades of experience teaching high school and has a doctorate in Educational Psychology. In addition, he has served as a consultant for numerous Fortune 500 Companies including Caterpillar Inc, Whirlpool Corp., ADT, and USAA in the areas of human behavior, productivity, and process management.
In addition to his role as a Parisi Prep Advisory Board member, Dr. Staples will be leading our Critical Thinking course, which will instill the strategies and techniques kids need to think critically and organize efficiently. Coursework in Critical Thinking places an emphasis on key academic skills that will enable students to succeed in high school, in college, when they join the workforce, and throughout their lives.
- University of Louisville, Louisville, KY – PhD in Educational Psychology
- University of Louisville, Louisville, KY – Masters in Curriculum Design
- University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY – BA in Education, with History Emphasis
Robert Gilbert, PhD
Sports Psychology & Motivation
Dr. Rob Gilbert, a professor of applied sport psychology at Montclair State University (NJ), has devoted the last 40 years to researching the mental skills of the world’s greatest athletes and coaches. A sought-after expert in the field of sport psychology, peak performance and motivation, Dr. Gilbert has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and has delivered speeches to major academic institutions and corporations. Dr. Gilbert is also an accomplished writer who has published multiple titles.
Anyone needing an instant dose of inspiration can get it any time of the day or night by calling Dr. Gilbert’s Success Hotline at (973) 743-4690. Since January 22, 1992, he’s recorded over 8,500 of these daily three-minute motivational messages.
Director & Founder
Bill Parisi is a 1990 graduate of Iona College with a degree in Business Administration. He was selected as a two time NCAA Division 1 Track & Field All American and 1988 United States Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Javelin Throw. Saddled with $50,000 dollars in student loan debt, Bill founded the Parisi Speed School in 1992 out of a $500 van.
He has grown the Parisi Program to over 100 locations across the globe by helping club owners tap into the 7 billion dollar sports performance training market. His locations have collectively trained over 650,000 youth athletes that continue to spread the company mission of developing a positive character in youth regardless of their athletic ability or economic status.
Director of Parisi Prep Training
The owner of Parisi Speed School’s flagship facility in Fair Lawn, NJ, Rich serves as our Director of Parisi prep training. Rich’s career at Parisi began in 2008 after 20+ years at UPS, however his passion for fitness and involvement was always present. Rich was, and still is, a competitive power lifter in the World Natural Powerlifting Federation. He currently holds 14 State, 5 National and 1 World Record.
At Parisi, Sadiv began his career as a strength consultant, coach, and Program Director for the Parisi NFL Combine Program, which has produced over 200 NFL Draft picks, including Alfred Morris, Josh Norman, Demario Davis and TJ Clemmings. He has also trained athletes from a variety of sports, such as Jim Miller (UFC), Jim Galvin (Olympian), Michael Young (Basketball), Hayden Smith (Rugby) and Penelope Edmonds (Soccer). In 2015, Rich purchased the Fair Lawn facility and is now responsible for a staff of 11 full-time trainers, 7 part-time coaches, 3 part-time admins and 1 full-time marketing manager. Sadiv received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1989 from William Paterson University and has professional certifications from NASM and FMS, in addition to being a Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Engineer. He has been married for 26 years, with 2 daughters and currently resides in Glen Rock, NJ.
Strength & Performance Coach
Grew Up in Bloomingdale, NJ | NASM Certified | Titleist Performance Institute Certified | Assistant Trainer of NFL training program | Specializes in speed, agility, strength & conditioning for all sports
Strength & Performance Coach
Coach Dan has over 10 years of experience in the Strength and Conditioning and Sport Performance realm. He graduated from Temple University in 2012 where he also interned as a strength coach with the Men’s Basketball Team. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise and Sport Science. Coach Dan is also one of the Lead Programmers for the Parisi Speed School Network.
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the NSCA
- Certified Exercise and Sport Nutrition Coach (Pn1) by Precision Nutrition
- Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC)
Strength & Performance Coach
Coach Adam has five years experience as a Strength and Conditioning/ Performance Coach. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. In 2019 he earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Coach Adam has worked with many athletes from youth to professionals. He has also provided performance coaching for many top level youth and high school teams in New Jersey and New York. in addition, Coach Adam is the assistant performance coach for the Parisi Fair Lawn NFL combine program.