Faculty and Staff Directory

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Katie Woods

Ms. Woods has worked at Parker in several different roles since 2009. She served on the Board of Directors, as a communications and marketing specialist, and taught lower school Spanish. Born on the Big Island (Honokaa), she lived all over the mainland, before moving back to the island with her family in 2001. Ms. Woods earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Tulane University and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. She is a freelance writer and a yoga teacher. Her screenplay Hellcats was selected as a finalist in the 2007 LA Femme Film Festival screenplay competition. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, doing yoga, reading, writing, creating art, and traveling. She has two children who have attended Parker School since kindergarten and second grade and are currently in the upper school. Ms. Woods stated, “My goal is to make language learning fun for students and to encourage curiosity about and appreciation for different cultures.”

808-885-7933 ext. 0310
Lower School Spanish Teacher
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Ms. Woods has worked at Parker in several different roles since 2009. She served on the Board of Directors, as a communications and marketing specialist, and taught lower school Spanish. Born on the Big Island (Honokaa), she lived all over the mainland, before moving back to the island with her family in 2001. Ms. Woods earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Tulane University and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. She is a freelance writer and a yoga teacher. Her screenplay Hellcats was selected as a finalist in the 2007 LA Femme Film Festival screenplay competition. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, doing yoga, reading, writing, creating art, and traveling. She has two children who have attended Parker School since kindergarten and second grade and are currently in the upper school. Ms. Woods stated, “My goal is to make language learning fun for students and to encourage curiosity about and appreciation for different cultures.”

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Angela Alforque, Ed. D

Originally from South Sacramento, California, "Dr. A" earned a Bachelor of Arts in drama/social science and Master of Arts in multicultural American history and performance at Sacramento State University; and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California. Before joining Parker School, she trained and worked as a singer, actor, dancer, choreographer, director and playwright. She also served as Theatre Arts Professor at Sacramento City College; Associate Director and artistic advisor for the Sinag-tala Filipino Theater & Performing Arts Association; and as a member of Ebó Okokán Afro-Cuban Drum & Dance Ensemble. Formerly with Hālau Ka `Ōpu`u under Kumu Wendi Pa`ahana Roehrig, she recently began studying hula with Kumu Nani Lim Yap and Hālau Manaola. She lives in Waimea with her husband, Mario, and their daughter, Malaya, who attends Parker.

808-885-7933 ext. 7128
Performing Arts Director and Theatre, Dance & Dramatiques Teacher
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Originally from South Sacramento, California, "Dr. A" earned a Bachelor of Arts in drama/social science and Master of Arts in multicultural American history and performance at Sacramento State University; and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California. Before joining Parker School, she trained and worked as a singer, actor, dancer, choreographer, director and playwright. She also served as Theatre Arts Professor at Sacramento City College; Associate Director and artistic advisor for the Sinag-tala Filipino Theater & Performing Arts Association; and as a member of Ebó Okokán Afro-Cuban Drum & Dance Ensemble. Formerly with Hālau Ka `Ōpu`u under Kumu Wendi Pa`ahana Roehrig, she recently began studying hula with Kumu Nani Lim Yap and Hālau Manaola. She lives in Waimea with her husband, Mario, and their daughter, Malaya, who attends Parker.

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Krista Anderson

Mrs. Anderson joined the Parker School ‘ohana in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. Mrs. Anderson has more than fifteen years of marketing and communications experience, previously serving as communications coordinator at North Hawaii Community Hospital and leisure sales manager with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Originally from Wisconsin, Mrs. Anderson enjoys spending time with her husband and two young, children, photography, traveling and a good sense of humor. She believes “learning how to think through exploration, expression and connecting with others helps build character – which is the greatest gift of education.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7109
Publications Associate
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Mrs. Anderson joined the Parker School ‘ohana in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. Mrs. Anderson has more than fifteen years of marketing and communications experience, previously serving as communications coordinator at North Hawaii Community Hospital and leisure sales manager with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Originally from Wisconsin, Mrs. Anderson enjoys spending time with her husband and two young, children, photography, traveling and a good sense of humor. She believes “learning how to think through exploration, expression and connecting with others helps build character – which is the greatest gift of education.”

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Christina Bagley

Ms. Bagley joined the Parker School ‘ohana in 2016. As PAU (Parker Afterschool University) assistant, Ms. Bagley assists with all aspects of the school’s afterschool program for lower school students. Originally from Chandler, AZ, Ms. Bagley moved to Big Island in 2015 and is in the process of earning her bachelor’s degree to become a teacher. Ms. Bagley enjoys drawing, reading and exploring the Big Island and shares, “I feel working at Parker’s afterschool program will be the best first step to becoming a teacher.”

PAU Assistant
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Ms. Bagley joined the Parker School ‘ohana in 2016. As PAU (Parker Afterschool University) assistant, Ms. Bagley assists with all aspects of the school’s afterschool program for lower school students. Originally from Chandler, AZ, Ms. Bagley moved to Big Island in 2015 and is in the process of earning her bachelor’s degree to become a teacher. Ms. Bagley enjoys drawing, reading and exploring the Big Island and shares, “I feel working at Parker’s afterschool program will be the best first step to becoming a teacher.”

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Bonnie Barron

Mrs. Barron joined Parker in 2015 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont. Mrs. Barron has worked in both public and private schools in the Bay Area for the last eight years teaching Spanish levels 1-4, as well as Spanish for Native speakers. Mrs. Barron boasts two single subject credentials from San Francisco State in Spanish and English and has participated in professional development at Stanford University with Bay Area Foreign Language Project, as well as with Google Tech Education. Mrs. Barron has lived and studied abroad in Asturias, Spain and Guadalajara, Mexico. Mrs. Barron grew up in Waimea and attended high school in Kohala. She loves to read, hike, practice hula, and spend time with her husband and daughter. “Learning about a new language and culture lets you look at your world with a fresh perspective and gives you a different voice to communicate and express yourself. Although it is a new voice, it is still yours.”

Upper School Spanish Teacher
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Mrs. Barron joined Parker in 2015 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont. Mrs. Barron has worked in both public and private schools in the Bay Area for the last eight years teaching Spanish levels 1-4, as well as Spanish for Native speakers. Mrs. Barron boasts two single subject credentials from San Francisco State in Spanish and English and has participated in professional development at Stanford University with Bay Area Foreign Language Project, as well as with Google Tech Education. Mrs. Barron has lived and studied abroad in Asturias, Spain and Guadalajara, Mexico. Mrs. Barron grew up in Waimea and attended high school in Kohala. She loves to read, hike, practice hula, and spend time with her husband and daughter. “Learning about a new language and culture lets you look at your world with a fresh perspective and gives you a different voice to communicate and express yourself. Although it is a new voice, it is still yours.”

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Joanie Brotman

“Aunty Joanie” began working at Parker School in April 2013. She is originally from Honolulu and came to Waimea in 1990 with her husband and three daughters. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and college counseling certification from University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in the college counseling field since 2004, is an active member of the Hawai‘i Association of College Admissions Counselors, and belongs to the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. She is very involved with College Horizons, a college access program for Native students, and with the The Hawai‘i Songwriting Festival. She is passionate about helping students and their families navigate their way through all aspects of the college admissions process. “I love to work on projects that are worthwhile and make a difference in people's lives,” she says, “There is nothing more fun to me than to work with a group of motivated, like-minded, happy people who are passionate about what they do!” Ms. Brotman also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her 3 grandsons.

808-885-7933 ext. 7142
College Counselor
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“Aunty Joanie” began working at Parker School in April 2013. She is originally from Honolulu and came to Waimea in 1990 with her husband and three daughters. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and college counseling certification from University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in the college counseling field since 2004, is an active member of the Hawai‘i Association of College Admissions Counselors, and belongs to the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. She is very involved with College Horizons, a college access program for Native students, and with the The Hawai‘i Songwriting Festival. She is passionate about helping students and their families navigate their way through all aspects of the college admissions process. “I love to work on projects that are worthwhile and make a difference in people's lives,” she says, “There is nothing more fun to me than to work with a group of motivated, like-minded, happy people who are passionate about what they do!” Ms. Brotman also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her 3 grandsons.

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Paige Brown

Mrs. Brown was a founding member of the Parker Lower School faculty in 2005. She was responsible for bringing Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline to Parker, a central, defining feature of the Parker lower school experience which is now implemented throughout all areas of the lower school, including arts and PE. She previously taught third grade at Waikoloa Elementary for nine years and at Waimea Elementary for a year. She has a degree in psychology and education certification from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. Mrs. Brown emphasizes individual excellence in an inclusive, peaceful classroom environment. She says of her classroom, "We are a school family that is connected because everyone belongs. This connection fosters meaningful academic and social learning together." Mrs. Brown is the parent of two Parker graduates and a current Parker student.

808-930-0072 ext. 0306
Third Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Brown was a founding member of the Parker Lower School faculty in 2005. She was responsible for bringing Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline to Parker, a central, defining feature of the Parker lower school experience which is now implemented throughout all areas of the lower school, including arts and PE. She previously taught third grade at Waikoloa Elementary for nine years and at Waimea Elementary for a year. She has a degree in psychology and education certification from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. Mrs. Brown emphasizes individual excellence in an inclusive, peaceful classroom environment. She says of her classroom, "We are a school family that is connected because everyone belongs. This connection fosters meaningful academic and social learning together." Mrs. Brown is the parent of two Parker graduates and a current Parker student.

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Heidi Buscher

Ms. Buscher came to Parker in 2007, and under her oversight, the visual arts program has expanded and thrived. She created Parker’s highly successful AP studio art program, which enjoys both high participation and outstanding pass rates, aiding students in their admission to colleges and art schools. She oversaw the quadrupling in size of the Parker chapter of National Art Honor Society (NAHS), a vibrant club which holds exhibitions, uses art to raise awareness of important issues and runs Art Nights, where students gather as artists to create and celebrate. Ms. Buscher’s students have participated in, placed in and won numerous community, island, state and national competitions, including NAEA national awards, Scholastic Art awards and a first place, second place and several finalists in the Congressional arts awards. “I believe that true learning happens when students are interested and engaged,” she says, “My goal as a teacher is to help students recognize themselves as artists first and students second; I am fully committed to helping students discover their talents and thrive.” A fourth generation kama‘aina, Ms. Buscher graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and journalism from Beloit College in 1991, placing as a finalist in the prestigious Ruth Lily National Poetry Competition that same year. In 2002 she received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from San Francisco State University. Before coming to Parker, she exhibited her work locally and nationally.

808-885-7933 ext. 7201
Visual Arts Chair and Upper School Art Teacher
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Ms. Buscher came to Parker in 2007, and under her oversight, the visual arts program has expanded and thrived. She created Parker’s highly successful AP studio art program, which enjoys both high participation and outstanding pass rates, aiding students in their admission to colleges and art schools. She oversaw the quadrupling in size of the Parker chapter of National Art Honor Society (NAHS), a vibrant club which holds exhibitions, uses art to raise awareness of important issues and runs Art Nights, where students gather as artists to create and celebrate. Ms. Buscher’s students have participated in, placed in and won numerous community, island, state and national competitions, including NAEA national awards, Scholastic Art awards and a first place, second place and several finalists in the Congressional arts awards. “I believe that true learning happens when students are interested and engaged,” she says, “My goal as a teacher is to help students recognize themselves as artists first and students second; I am fully committed to helping students discover their talents and thrive.” A fourth generation kama‘aina, Ms. Buscher graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and journalism from Beloit College in 1991, placing as a finalist in the prestigious Ruth Lily National Poetry Competition that same year. In 2002 she received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from San Francisco State University. Before coming to Parker, she exhibited her work locally and nationally.

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Patrick Caenepeel

Mr. Caenpeel has spent over ten years working with students in grades K-8 in the San Francisco Unified School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University and earned a Masters of Education from San Francisco State University. He is trained in Balanced Literacy at Teachers College, Columbia University and is a graduate of the California Academy of Sciences Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability. Originally from California, he and his wife ( a Parker alum from the Class of 2001) moved to Waimea in 2018. Mr. Caenpeel loves the outdoors and music. From backpacking to riding his motorcycle, he is always looking for adventure and is ready to pick up his ukulele or sing a song with friends. Mr. Canepeel believes, “The classroom is a sacred place where students should feel safe to express their thoughts and feelings. Good teaching is a combination of fostering student talents while challenging student minds."

808-885-7933 ext. 7148
Middle School Math and Science Teacher
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Mr. Caenpeel has spent over ten years working with students in grades K-8 in the San Francisco Unified School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University and earned a Masters of Education from San Francisco State University. He is trained in Balanced Literacy at Teachers College, Columbia University and is a graduate of the California Academy of Sciences Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability. Originally from California, he and his wife ( a Parker alum from the Class of 2001) moved to Waimea in 2018. Mr. Caenpeel loves the outdoors and music. From backpacking to riding his motorcycle, he is always looking for adventure and is ready to pick up his ukulele or sing a song with friends. Mr. Canepeel believes, “The classroom is a sacred place where students should feel safe to express their thoughts and feelings. Good teaching is a combination of fostering student talents while challenging student minds."

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Jackie Caputo

Ms. Caputo, raised in Kona, has been a lead teacher at Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool in Honoka‘a since 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education-Montessori from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She enjoys art, cooking and gardening.

808-930-0072 ext. 7149
PAU Coordinator (Parker After-school University, K-5 after-school program), Snack Shop Coordinator
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Ms. Caputo, raised in Kona, has been a lead teacher at Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool in Honoka‘a since 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education-Montessori from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She enjoys art, cooking and gardening.