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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.

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Jared Chapman

Before becoming the Kihapai Ho‘oulu garden coordinator at Parker School, Mr. Chapman worked as a Waimea Town Market vendor and as a farm worker at Hirabara Farms. Originally from Niu Valley, O‘ahu and raised in Waimea on the Big Island, he holds his bachelor’s degree in geography and resource management from Sonoma State University. He is currently a member of the Na Kalai Wa'a land crew, which requires teacher training in 'ike wa'a (canoe knowledge) and its relative significance to sustainable natural resource management. He also is a member of Ku Aina Pa (through The Kohala Center), a cohort of 35 educators from around the Big Island who meet and share their experience and techniques in building a strong garden program and network between schools, and coordinates ecology and cooking classes for Waimea Elementary School. In his free time, Mr. Chapman enjoys building, soccer, cooking and spending time with his family and young son.

Hawaiian Studies/Ecology Teacher
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Before becoming the Kihapai Ho‘oulu garden coordinator at Parker School, Mr. Chapman worked as a Waimea Town Market vendor and as a farm worker at Hirabara Farms. Originally from Niu Valley, O‘ahu and raised in Waimea on the Big Island, he holds his bachelor’s degree in geography and resource management from Sonoma State University. He is currently a member of the Na Kalai Wa'a land crew, which requires teacher training in 'ike wa'a (canoe knowledge) and its relative significance to sustainable natural resource management. He also is a member of Ku Aina Pa (through The Kohala Center), a cohort of 35 educators from around the Big Island who meet and share their experience and techniques in building a strong garden program and network between schools, and coordinates ecology and cooking classes for Waimea Elementary School. In his free time, Mr. Chapman enjoys building, soccer, cooking and spending time with his family and young son.

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Kelly Corabi

Before joining the Parker School ‘Ohana in 2017 Ms. Corabi worked at two local libraries as a substitute custodian and library assistant. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada Ms. Corabi moved to the Big Island in 1997. She has three children, two of which are currently upper school students at Parker. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening and hanging out with family. Ms. Corabi shared, “I am thrilled to be working at Parker school, everyone is very friendly and I love the energy of the students.”

Upper School Custodian
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Before joining the Parker School ‘Ohana in 2017 Ms. Corabi worked at two local libraries as a substitute custodian and library assistant. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada Ms. Corabi moved to the Big Island in 1997. She has three children, two of which are currently upper school students at Parker. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening and hanging out with family. Ms. Corabi shared, “I am thrilled to be working at Parker school, everyone is very friendly and I love the energy of the students.”

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Christina Culligan

Originally from Salt Lake City, Ms. Culligan came to Parker from Arizona in 2014. All of the past generations of her family on her mother’s side were born and raised on the Big Island. She graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in art education and theater arts education from the University of Arizona and completed a Master of Arts in elementary education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining Parker, Ms. Culligan worked for five years as a high school visual art, theater and psychology teacher at a private school in Tucson, Arizona. She has coached speech and debate for the last five years, has done extensive work as a mural and scenic painter, is an avid dancer (swing, salsa, blues, afro-Brazilian) and enjoys gardening and learning to live off the land. She believes in fostering the 3 C’s in her classes: caring, connection and creation; empowering students to discover their artistic voice by caring deeply about their work, connecting to one another as a supportive community of learners, and experiencing a rich art education that provides the skills and techniques students need to create anything they can imagine.

808-930-0072 ext. 7203
Lower & Middle School Art Teacher
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Originally from Salt Lake City, Ms. Culligan came to Parker from Arizona in 2014. All of the past generations of her family on her mother’s side were born and raised on the Big Island. She graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in art education and theater arts education from the University of Arizona and completed a Master of Arts in elementary education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining Parker, Ms. Culligan worked for five years as a high school visual art, theater and psychology teacher at a private school in Tucson, Arizona. She has coached speech and debate for the last five years, has done extensive work as a mural and scenic painter, is an avid dancer (swing, salsa, blues, afro-Brazilian) and enjoys gardening and learning to live off the land. She believes in fostering the 3 C’s in her classes: caring, connection and creation; empowering students to discover their artistic voice by caring deeply about their work, connecting to one another as a supportive community of learners, and experiencing a rich art education that provides the skills and techniques students need to create anything they can imagine.

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Mary Frances Donnelly

Ms. Donnelly grew up on Oahu, and moved to Hawaii Island in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has taught ESL (English as a Second Language), creative writing, and served as a tutor and substitute teacher for private schools in Waimea. In her free time she loves to garden, and enjoy her backyard view with her big fluffy dog and other farm animals. “As a teacher, I approach my classroom from a teamwork mindset. Everyone in the class will and can work together in all different ways, whether it is suggestions for a sentence or actively creating ideas together, my focus is to create a collaborative learning environment that cultivates leadership.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7143
Part- time Middle School English Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator
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Ms. Donnelly grew up on Oahu, and moved to Hawaii Island in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has taught ESL (English as a Second Language), creative writing, and served as a tutor and substitute teacher for private schools in Waimea. In her free time she loves to garden, and enjoy her backyard view with her big fluffy dog and other farm animals. “As a teacher, I approach my classroom from a teamwork mindset. Everyone in the class will and can work together in all different ways, whether it is suggestions for a sentence or actively creating ideas together, my focus is to create a collaborative learning environment that cultivates leadership.”