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Carl Sturges, PhD

Carl "Doc" Sturges joined the Parker School English and history faculty in 2001 and a year later moved into the role of headmaster. Previously, he served as upper school principal of Utah's Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School for eight years. In his eighteen years at that school, he also taught English and AP History, served as academic dean and upper school assistant principal, coached basketball, and led the school's debate team to three state championships. He started the school's outdoor and summer programs and oversaw the creation of a distinct grades six-through-eight middle school. Dr. Sturges’s achievements at Parker School include building the lower and middle schools to make Parker a K-12 institution, enhancing the curriculum with a full array of AP courses, adding numerous physical improvements including the middle school lanai and FHB media lab, and founding the highly competitive and award-winning Parker debate team, several members of whom have gone on to compete at the national tournament. His credentials include a B.A. from Tulane University in English and history and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School in European history. "The role of a good teacher and a good school is twofold," says Dr. Sturges. "You have to create a hunger for knowledge, and then you have to have the ability to feed that hunger. A small school setting is particularly amenable to that process." Dr. Sturges has two children who are Parker graduates.

808-885-7933 ext. 7105
Headmaster, Debate Coach
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Carl "Doc" Sturges joined the Parker School English and history faculty in 2001 and a year later moved into the role of headmaster. Previously, he served as upper school principal of Utah's Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School for eight years. In his eighteen years at that school, he also taught English and AP History, served as academic dean and upper school assistant principal, coached basketball, and led the school's debate team to three state championships. He started the school's outdoor and summer programs and oversaw the creation of a distinct grades six-through-eight middle school. Dr. Sturges’s achievements at Parker School include building the lower and middle schools to make Parker a K-12 institution, enhancing the curriculum with a full array of AP courses, adding numerous physical improvements including the middle school lanai and FHB media lab, and founding the highly competitive and award-winning Parker debate team, several members of whom have gone on to compete at the national tournament. His credentials include a B.A. from Tulane University in English and history and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School in European history. "The role of a good teacher and a good school is twofold," says Dr. Sturges. "You have to create a hunger for knowledge, and then you have to have the ability to feed that hunger. A small school setting is particularly amenable to that process." Dr. Sturges has two children who are Parker graduates.

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Deena Carey

Ms. Carey joined Parker School in 2015 and holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ms. Carey has served as an independent school educator in both faculty and administrative roles for more than a decade. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Carey moved to Hawaii in 2015 with her daughters Katie and Ellie, who currently attend Parker. Ms. Carey was awarded the American Chemical Society Chemistry Teacher of the Year, Cincinnati Section in 2013. Ms. Carey enjoys rollercoasters, live music, movies, great food and spending time by the water. “I believe that education and leadership should be responsive to changing expectations while simultaneously affirming the numerous, daily successes and traditions that currently occur in our schools. Learning is blended and dynamic; integrated into our whole lives and diverse in content, delivery, origin and communication."

808-885-7933 ext. 7113
Upper School Head, Student Council Advisor
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Ms. Carey joined Parker School in 2015 and holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ms. Carey has served as an independent school educator in both faculty and administrative roles for more than a decade. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Carey moved to Hawaii in 2015 with her daughters Katie and Ellie, who currently attend Parker. Ms. Carey was awarded the American Chemical Society Chemistry Teacher of the Year, Cincinnati Section in 2013. Ms. Carey enjoys rollercoasters, live music, movies, great food and spending time by the water. “I believe that education and leadership should be responsive to changing expectations while simultaneously affirming the numerous, daily successes and traditions that currently occur in our schools. Learning is blended and dynamic; integrated into our whole lives and diverse in content, delivery, origin and communication."

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Scott Smith

Mr. Smith Joined Parker School in 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and communication from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He has been in education for over a decade, both in teaching and administration and is certified to teach gifted and talented students. He lived in Dallas, Texas, for most of his life before moving to the Big Island in 2014. His wife Naomi is Middle & Upper School Receptionist, Registrar, Health Aide and his two children, Emily and Ethan, are Parker students. Mr. Smith believes, “Kids are a lot smarter and more invested in their learning than we tend to credit them as being. Given an environment in which the only failure is not trying your best, children are capable of incredible things.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7115
Middle School Head, Assistant Debate Coach
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Mr. Smith Joined Parker School in 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and communication from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He has been in education for over a decade, both in teaching and administration and is certified to teach gifted and talented students. He lived in Dallas, Texas, for most of his life before moving to the Big Island in 2014. His wife Naomi is Middle & Upper School Receptionist, Registrar, Health Aide and his two children, Emily and Ethan, are Parker students. Mr. Smith believes, “Kids are a lot smarter and more invested in their learning than we tend to credit them as being. Given an environment in which the only failure is not trying your best, children are capable of incredible things.”

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Heather Polhemus

“Mrs. P,” was a founding member of the Parker lower school faculty in 2005; she served one year as the fourth grade teacher before moving into her role as lower school head in 2006. Mrs. Polhemus was born and raised on O'ahu and moved to the Big Island in 2005, where she is fifth generation kama'aina. She graduated from Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in 1990 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound. In 2000, she received a master’s in elementary education from Chaminade University. Mrs. Polhemus is married and has one son. In her free time, she enjoys painting, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

808-930-0072 ext. 0301
Lower School Head, Lower School Math Teacher
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“Mrs. P,” was a founding member of the Parker lower school faculty in 2005; she served one year as the fourth grade teacher before moving into her role as lower school head in 2006. Mrs. Polhemus was born and raised on O'ahu and moved to the Big Island in 2005, where she is fifth generation kama'aina. She graduated from Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in 1990 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound. In 2000, she received a master’s in elementary education from Chaminade University. Mrs. Polhemus is married and has one son. In her free time, she enjoys painting, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

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Gerry Delgado

Mr. Delgado joined Parker School in 2017 after working as the business manager, technology coordinator, athletics coordinator and transportation coordinator for one of the top charter schools in Hawaii. He received his bachelor of science in business administration from ITT Technical Institute in San Bernardino, California and has worked in the accounting field for almost 10 years. Born in Mexico, Mr. Delgado moved to southern California when he was 8 years old. His wife, born and raised on the Big Island, convinced him to move to the island over ten years ago, and he has not looked back. Mr. Delgado enjoys beach days with his family, playing hide and seek with his son, and date nights with his wife. Mr. Delgado stated, “I believe all students have unlimited potential. As a school, we need to help them enjoy the journey and the process. I think it is very important that we are with them, to challenge them and grow with them.” Mr. Delgado’s son, Josiah, is a Parker student.

808-885-7933 ext. 7136
Chief Operating Officer
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Mr. Delgado joined Parker School in 2017 after working as the business manager, technology coordinator, athletics coordinator and transportation coordinator for one of the top charter schools in Hawaii. He received his bachelor of science in business administration from ITT Technical Institute in San Bernardino, California and has worked in the accounting field for almost 10 years. Born in Mexico, Mr. Delgado moved to southern California when he was 8 years old. His wife, born and raised on the Big Island, convinced him to move to the island over ten years ago, and he has not looked back. Mr. Delgado enjoys beach days with his family, playing hide and seek with his son, and date nights with his wife. Mr. Delgado stated, “I believe all students have unlimited potential. As a school, we need to help them enjoy the journey and the process. I think it is very important that we are with them, to challenge them and grow with them.” Mr. Delgado’s son, Josiah, is a Parker student.

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Emily Pagliaro

Ms. Pagliaro holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Native American studies from the University of California, Davis. Having grown up on O’ahu, she returned to Hawai‘i after college to work with Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses. She relocated to the Big Island in 2001 and, after a career in the Hawaiian music industry, joined Parker School in the fall of 2009 as the headmaster’s assistant and Hawaiian history teacher. Her daughter Kawena is a Parker student. Ms. Pagliaro enjoys yoga, paddling, music, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

808-885-7933 ext. 7107
Admissions Director
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Ms. Pagliaro holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Native American studies from the University of California, Davis. Having grown up on O’ahu, she returned to Hawai‘i after college to work with Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses. She relocated to the Big Island in 2001 and, after a career in the Hawaiian music industry, joined Parker School in the fall of 2009 as the headmaster’s assistant and Hawaiian history teacher. Her daughter Kawena is a Parker student. Ms. Pagliaro enjoys yoga, paddling, music, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

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Jonathan Vedelli

Known for his good business advice and sense of humor, Mr. Vedelli is originally from Virginia, where he earned his bachelor's degree in finance from James Madison University. He moved to the Big Island in 2005 with his wife Nicole and their two children, both Parker School students. Prior to joining Parker, he worked as a wealth advisor with Bank of Hawai‘i’s Private Client Services and held management roles in the financial and hospitality industries. He enjoys coaching soccer for the Parker Bulls Soccer Club.

808-885-7933 ext. 7129
Advancement Director
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Known for his good business advice and sense of humor, Mr. Vedelli is originally from Virginia, where he earned his bachelor's degree in finance from James Madison University. He moved to the Big Island in 2005 with his wife Nicole and their two children, both Parker School students. Prior to joining Parker, he worked as a wealth advisor with Bank of Hawai‘i’s Private Client Services and held management roles in the financial and hospitality industries. He enjoys coaching soccer for the Parker Bulls Soccer Club.

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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.”