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Parker School’s New Head-Select
Aloha Parker ‘Ohana,
Consistently, I have heard that Parker School’s greatest asset is its people. Whether it is the bright, engaged students; the dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and alumni; the committed Board of Directors or the caring parents, I have been moved by the love for Parker School. Each person I have met has generously shared their hope and optimism for the continued strength of the school and the commitment to serving its students and families. Over and over I have heard, “Parker is a great school.” I agree.
It is hard to convey my excitement and enthusiasm to join this strong ‘Ohana. Since October 4th, 2019 I have been counting down the days until I would officially take on my new role. I have enjoyed the generosity and openness of many people and felt welcomed and supported by everyone I have met. There is no question that I have a lot to learn in the coming months and years and trust that you all will be by my side, teaching me every day. My goal is to provide the leadership and support needed to ensure that the future is as bright as possible. Your partnership and candor will help us reach our collective goals.
Sheri and I talk almost every day about our upcoming visits and eventual move to Hawai’i Island. We treasure being part of a community that shares a deep commitment to teaching, learning, and growing and are confident that we have found a wonderful new home. We are fortunate to be visiting the campus several times this spring and expect our admiration and enthusiasm for the School will grow.
I hope to see you on campus and look forward to your support to help Parker School reach its potential.
With much aloha,
Transition Committee Members
We are excited to announce that Parker has created a Transition Committee to help ensure a smooth succession between our outgoing Headmaster, Dr. Sturges, and our Head-Select, Stephen Dunn. After a long-tenured Headmaster, a thoughtful, well-executed transition ensures the continued success and continuity of our strong school community and programs. The transition process, which will last for the rest of the school year, will include campus visits; team and individual meetings; and orientation activities focused on the important operating and curricular/co-curricular programs at Parker.
The Committee will keep the school community informed about the transition, planning, and coordination of Mr. Dunn’s visits early next year. There will be transition activities planned through the end of the school year and into the next. We look forward to your participation in the transition process and welcoming Mr. Dunn to the Parker School ‘ohana.
The following Board, Faculty, and Staff members will be serving on the committee:
• Mimi Kerley (Chair - Board Member, Co-Chair of the Head Search Committee)
• Gerrit Keator (Board Member, Co-Chair of the Head Search Committee)
• David Kirk (Board President)
• Krista Anderson (Publications Associate)
• Makela Bruno-Kidani (Admissions Director)
• Gerry Delgado (COO)
• Sara Jane Lilley (Music, Art, and Theatre Teacher)
• Heather Polhemus (Lower School Head)
• Mahealani Thompson (Executive Assistant to the Head of School)
If you have any questions or concerns for the committee, feel free to contact anyone of us and we will bring your feedback to the group.
The Transition Committee