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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.”

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Greg Dunigan

Mr. Dunigan joined Parker in the fall of 2015. Mr. Dunigan earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Missouri Western State University and brings more than 32 years of experience. He has served as a basketball, softball and golf coach, taught kindergarten through grade 12 PE, and served as an athletic director. Mr. Dunigan has also coordinated numerous sport camps over the years and throughout the country. He comes to Parker from Washington, Missouri and enjoys playing golf, officiating high school basketball games and spending time with his wife, daughter (who lives in Kona) and grandchildren.

Lower & Middle School Physical Education Teacher
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Mr. Dunigan joined Parker in the fall of 2015. Mr. Dunigan earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Missouri Western State University and brings more than 32 years of experience. He has served as a basketball, softball and golf coach, taught kindergarten through grade 12 PE, and served as an athletic director. Mr. Dunigan has also coordinated numerous sport camps over the years and throughout the country. He comes to Parker from Washington, Missouri and enjoys playing golf, officiating high school basketball games and spending time with his wife, daughter (who lives in Kona) and grandchildren.

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Yngrid Gonzalez Feeney

Mrs. Feeney rejoined Parker School in 2018 and has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in early childhood bilingual education from City College of New York. Mrs. Feeney has worked with grade k-12 students in both public and private schools on Hawaii Island. She is a native Spanish speaker originally from Manhattan and moved to Hawaii Island in 2006. In her free time, Mrs. Feeney enjoys cooking, reading, going on walks and to the beach with her family and dogs. “I believe every day offers us opportunities to create meaningful impact in our students’ lives. Aside from teaching our respective subjects, we’re teaching our students life lessons on perseverance, empathy and enjoying the road ahead of us. School was always a safe place for me and I find providing a safe space that’s encouraging and respectful a priority.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7199/7132
Part-time Upper School Spanish Teacher
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Mrs. Feeney rejoined Parker School in 2018 and has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in early childhood bilingual education from City College of New York. Mrs. Feeney has worked with grade k-12 students in both public and private schools on Hawaii Island. She is a native Spanish speaker originally from Manhattan and moved to Hawaii Island in 2006. In her free time, Mrs. Feeney enjoys cooking, reading, going on walks and to the beach with her family and dogs. “I believe every day offers us opportunities to create meaningful impact in our students’ lives. Aside from teaching our respective subjects, we’re teaching our students life lessons on perseverance, empathy and enjoying the road ahead of us. School was always a safe place for me and I find providing a safe space that’s encouraging and respectful a priority.”

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Vickie Frogley

Ms. Frogley holds an associate’s degree in business and received her paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to relocating with her family to the Big Island in 2002, Ms. Frogley served as a paralegal in Orange County, California. She joined the Parker School ‘ohana as the parent of a kindergartener in 2007 and aided the school’s fundraising efforts for several years as Parker’s Advancement Associate. After serving as Legal Clerk III for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Hawaii County from 2012-2015, she returned to Parker to coordinate the school’s capital campaign for the new Center for Sports, Science, and the Arts. Her son Sean, a lifelong Parker Bull, is now in high school. Ms. Frogley enjoys hiking, traveling, playing tennis and watching her son play for Parker School’s basketball, volleyball and tennis teams. "I've always loved the energy of a school environment and am excited to be part of the Parker School 'ohana," says Ms. Frogley.

808-885-7933 ext. 7150
Associate Advancement Director
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Ms. Frogley holds an associate’s degree in business and received her paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to relocating with her family to the Big Island in 2002, Ms. Frogley served as a paralegal in Orange County, California. She joined the Parker School ‘ohana as the parent of a kindergartener in 2007 and aided the school’s fundraising efforts for several years as Parker’s Advancement Associate. After serving as Legal Clerk III for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Hawaii County from 2012-2015, she returned to Parker to coordinate the school’s capital campaign for the new Center for Sports, Science, and the Arts. Her son Sean, a lifelong Parker Bull, is now in high school. Ms. Frogley enjoys hiking, traveling, playing tennis and watching her son play for Parker School’s basketball, volleyball and tennis teams. "I've always loved the energy of a school environment and am excited to be part of the Parker School 'ohana," says Ms. Frogley.

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Matt Hamilton

After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Colorado State University, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Dr. Hamilton started working for Parker School in January 2014. Originally from Colorado, he moved to the Big Island in 2011. He has worked as a tutor and with various outreach programs. In his spare time, Dr. Hamilton likes to tinker and build things as well as spend time outdoors, especially hiking or exploring. He and his wife have two daughters, one of whom attends Parker lower school.

808-885-7933 ext. 7111
Upper School Science and Math Teacher
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After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Colorado State University, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Dr. Hamilton started working for Parker School in January 2014. Originally from Colorado, he moved to the Big Island in 2011. He has worked as a tutor and with various outreach programs. In his spare time, Dr. Hamilton likes to tinker and build things as well as spend time outdoors, especially hiking or exploring. He and his wife have two daughters, one of whom attends Parker lower school.

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Kelley Heuston

Ms. Heuston joined the Parker ‘Ohana in 2018 after teaching for thirty years at Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. In her spare time, Ms. Heuston enjoys hiking, exploring, animals, reading, getting to know people and spending time with her daughter who attends Parker’s Lower School. “I am a deep believer in the importance of a traditional liberal arts approach to learning,” shares Ms. Heuston. “I believe learning new ideas and about the past helps all of us to think better, live better, and create better communities. I absolutely thrive when I am working with students, and teaching.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7117
Upper School History Teacher
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Ms. Heuston joined the Parker ‘Ohana in 2018 after teaching for thirty years at Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. In her spare time, Ms. Heuston enjoys hiking, exploring, animals, reading, getting to know people and spending time with her daughter who attends Parker’s Lower School. “I am a deep believer in the importance of a traditional liberal arts approach to learning,” shares Ms. Heuston. “I believe learning new ideas and about the past helps all of us to think better, live better, and create better communities. I absolutely thrive when I am working with students, and teaching.”

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Mindy Higgins

Ms. Higgins came to Parker School in 1999 after five years teaching middle school science in her home state of Colorado. She has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, with an emphasis on middle school science. In addition to being science department chair, she also coordinates Parker’s middle school science fair and Math Counts competition. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Colorado State University and completed the teacher licensure program at Fort Lewis College. She also has experience coaching high school volleyball and track and field. Ms. Higgins is active in the community and in her free time enjoys outdoor activities, especially ocean sports, biking and skiing. She lives in Waimea with her husband and two children. She says, “I believe in each individual's ability to succeed. This belief guides one of my major goals for students: to nurture their zest for learning. By providing a safe and stimulating environment, students develop confidence to ask questions, share information, and learn. Our classroom community is a place of respect so that students can excel emotionally, intellectually, and socially.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7132
Science Chair, Middle School Science Teacher, Middle & Upper School Math Teacher
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Ms. Higgins came to Parker School in 1999 after five years teaching middle school science in her home state of Colorado. She has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, with an emphasis on middle school science. In addition to being science department chair, she also coordinates Parker’s middle school science fair and Math Counts competition. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Colorado State University and completed the teacher licensure program at Fort Lewis College. She also has experience coaching high school volleyball and track and field. Ms. Higgins is active in the community and in her free time enjoys outdoor activities, especially ocean sports, biking and skiing. She lives in Waimea with her husband and two children. She says, “I believe in each individual's ability to succeed. This belief guides one of my major goals for students: to nurture their zest for learning. By providing a safe and stimulating environment, students develop confidence to ask questions, share information, and learn. Our classroom community is a place of respect so that students can excel emotionally, intellectually, and socially.”

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Whitney Hughes, MA, LPC, NCC

Ms. Hughes received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Maine and a Master of Arts in Counseling Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor. Ms. Hughes is also an active member of the American Counseling Association, the South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors, The Human Rights Campaign, The American Red Cross Disaster and Mental Health Services Teams, and Psychology Today. Ms. Hughes is open minded, compassionate, and has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, anxiety and depression in teens, as well as learning differences including dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder. Ms. Hughes is also a gender affirming counselor and facilitates LQBTQ+ groups. She is passionate about continuing education, human rights, as well as mental and physical well-being. Prior to joining Parker School in 2019, Ms. Hughes has worked in various settings including private practice, non-profit clinical mental health and higher education. Originally from Maine, she and her family moved to Hawaii Island in 2019. She is a wife and mother of three whose passions include: helping others, travel, adventure, yoga, quality time with family, and being near the ocean as much as possible.

808-885-7933 ext. 7125
Counselor
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Ms. Hughes received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Maine and a Master of Arts in Counseling Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor. Ms. Hughes is also an active member of the American Counseling Association, the South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors, The Human Rights Campaign, The American Red Cross Disaster and Mental Health Services Teams, and Psychology Today. Ms. Hughes is open minded, compassionate, and has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, anxiety and depression in teens, as well as learning differences including dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder. Ms. Hughes is also a gender affirming counselor and facilitates LQBTQ+ groups. She is passionate about continuing education, human rights, as well as mental and physical well-being. Prior to joining Parker School in 2019, Ms. Hughes has worked in various settings including private practice, non-profit clinical mental health and higher education. Originally from Maine, she and her family moved to Hawaii Island in 2019. She is a wife and mother of three whose passions include: helping others, travel, adventure, yoga, quality time with family, and being near the ocean as much as possible.

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Christian Ingalls

“Ms. Christian” began teaching at Parker School in 2006. Previously, she worked for four years as an education specialist at Dolphin Quest. Raised in California and Montana, she came to Hawai‘i in 1999 after living in Seattle, Washington and Eureka, California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from Humboldt State University and a Master of Arts in education with elementary Licensure from Chaminade University. In addition to teaching first grade at Parker, Ms. Christian also is a director of Parker’s summer arts and athletics camp program. Her son Braedon is a Parker School student and was a member of the very first kindergarten class at the school. When not in her classroom, Ms. Christian enjoys traveling, shopping, the beach and being a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts Parker Ranch Troop 27, which honored her and Braedon with the 2013 Scouting Family of the Year award. She says that one of her students summed up her teaching philosophy perfectly by saying, “Ms. Christian makes the world come alive in her classroom.”

808-930-0072 ext. 0304
First Grade Teacher
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“Ms. Christian” began teaching at Parker School in 2006. Previously, she worked for four years as an education specialist at Dolphin Quest. Raised in California and Montana, she came to Hawai‘i in 1999 after living in Seattle, Washington and Eureka, California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from Humboldt State University and a Master of Arts in education with elementary Licensure from Chaminade University. In addition to teaching first grade at Parker, Ms. Christian also is a director of Parker’s summer arts and athletics camp program. Her son Braedon is a Parker School student and was a member of the very first kindergarten class at the school. When not in her classroom, Ms. Christian enjoys traveling, shopping, the beach and being a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts Parker Ranch Troop 27, which honored her and Braedon with the 2013 Scouting Family of the Year award. She says that one of her students summed up her teaching philosophy perfectly by saying, “Ms. Christian makes the world come alive in her classroom.”