Faculty and Staff Directory

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Andrea Richmond

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mrs. Richmond moved to the Big Island in 1992 with her husband Tom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. She taught first grade and kindergarten at Waimea Elementary School, where she was the kindergarten grade level chair and served on the School Improvement Process Team. She joined the Parker faculty in 2011. “It is my goal to maintain high academic standards while providing a nurturing classroom environment, in which students can explore, grow, and wonder,” says Mrs. Richmond. Her personal interests include cheering for her son, Finn, and her daughter, Devon —both Parker students— at their sports events, and spending time with her family at the beach.

808-930-0072 ext. 0305
Second Grade Teacher
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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mrs. Richmond moved to the Big Island in 1992 with her husband Tom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. She taught first grade and kindergarten at Waimea Elementary School, where she was the kindergarten grade level chair and served on the School Improvement Process Team. She joined the Parker faculty in 2011. “It is my goal to maintain high academic standards while providing a nurturing classroom environment, in which students can explore, grow, and wonder,” says Mrs. Richmond. Her personal interests include cheering for her son, Finn, and her daughter, Devon —both Parker students— at their sports events, and spending time with her family at the beach.

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Susan Rickards

Ms. Rickards, who joined the Parker School faculty in 2011, was born on O'ahu and has lived on Hawai'i Island since 1995. Her extensive experience in the field of marine biology includes four years researching and training bottlenose dolphins and field research on humpback whales through the University of Hawai'i and Cornell University. Her experience also includes three years in Far East Russia researching gray whales and two years on Midway Atoll as principal investigator of a spinner dolphin research project. Ms. Rickards serves as co-founder, co-principal investigator and board member of the Hawai'i Marine Mammal Consortium, a nonprofit researching marine mammals off the Kohala Coast. She holds her master’s degree in human and animal cognition and psychology from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and a bachelor’s in biology from Reed College. Ms. Rickards and her husband Billy have two children, both Parker School students. She describes her educational philosophy as "ever evolving and based on comfort, respect, intrinsic motivation, experiential learning and integration across fields." 

808-885-7933 ext. 7103
Middle & Upper School Math, Science and Hawaiian Studies Teacher
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Ms. Rickards, who joined the Parker School faculty in 2011, was born on O'ahu and has lived on Hawai'i Island since 1995. Her extensive experience in the field of marine biology includes four years researching and training bottlenose dolphins and field research on humpback whales through the University of Hawai'i and Cornell University. Her experience also includes three years in Far East Russia researching gray whales and two years on Midway Atoll as principal investigator of a spinner dolphin research project. Ms. Rickards serves as co-founder, co-principal investigator and board member of the Hawai'i Marine Mammal Consortium, a nonprofit researching marine mammals off the Kohala Coast. She holds her master’s degree in human and animal cognition and psychology from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and a bachelor’s in biology from Reed College. Ms. Rickards and her husband Billy have two children, both Parker School students. She describes her educational philosophy as "ever evolving and based on comfort, respect, intrinsic motivation, experiential learning and integration across fields." 

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Bari Russo

Ms. Russo joined Parker School in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Prescott College and a graduate degree in agroecology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She brings with her 15 years in public relations and community outreach with non- profits. Originally from Chicago, she moved to the Big Island over 20 years ago with the dream of living off the land. Her hobbies are working in the garden and in her agro-forestry projects on her Laupahoehoe property. She currently has one daughter attending Parker School. Ms. Russo shared, “The best learning happens when students are having fun and finding purpose in their work by making connections to the world around them.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7109
Publications Associate
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Ms. Russo joined Parker School in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Prescott College and a graduate degree in agroecology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She brings with her 15 years in public relations and community outreach with non- profits. Originally from Chicago, she moved to the Big Island over 20 years ago with the dream of living off the land. Her hobbies are working in the garden and in her agro-forestry projects on her Laupahoehoe property. She currently has one daughter attending Parker School. Ms. Russo shared, “The best learning happens when students are having fun and finding purpose in their work by making connections to the world around them.”

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Nalani Safranca

"Aunty Nalani” moved to the Big Island in 1984. Prior to beginning work at Parker School in 2007, she worked in sales. She has one daughter, two hanai grandsons and two hanai grandchildren. Aunty Nalani enjoys working at Parker and says, "Everybody is great. I love everybody at Parker School."

Custodian
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"Aunty Nalani” moved to the Big Island in 1984. Prior to beginning work at Parker School in 2007, she worked in sales. She has one daughter, two hanai grandsons and two hanai grandchildren. Aunty Nalani enjoys working at Parker and says, "Everybody is great. I love everybody at Parker School."

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Eric Sills

In addition to keeping the campus beautifully landscaped and maintained and the school buildings running smoothly, handling all manner of construction and refurbishing, and running the physical set-up of all major campus events, Eric Sills is also valued by the Parker ‘ohana as an important teacher in everyday situations. An eight-year member of the ironworker's union, Mr. Sills says he has worked at Parker School since 1997 because of the importance of education. "The way I was raised, most of my education was outside the classroom. We were always taught to love everyone, to help the person in need, to open your arms and your heart, and lend a hand wherever needed." This message has been imparted to Parker School students, who readily line up behind “Uncle Eric” to put up an event tent or move picnic tables for the annual lua’au and who have repeatedly voted him “Mr. Aloha” in the annual yearbook poll. A graduate of Honoka'a High who has lived in Waimea for most of his life, Mr. Sills received his Hawaiian Lifestyles Certificate from Hawaii Community College. His wife, "Kumu Jackie," teaches kindergarten at the Parker Lower School. Eric and Jackie have four daughters, two of whom are Parker School graduates, and four grandchildren, one of whom attends Parker Lower School, making them the first family to send three generations to Parker.

808-885-7933 ext. 7113
Maintenance Director
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In addition to keeping the campus beautifully landscaped and maintained and the school buildings running smoothly, handling all manner of construction and refurbishing, and running the physical set-up of all major campus events, Eric Sills is also valued by the Parker ‘ohana as an important teacher in everyday situations. An eight-year member of the ironworker's union, Mr. Sills says he has worked at Parker School since 1997 because of the importance of education. "The way I was raised, most of my education was outside the classroom. We were always taught to love everyone, to help the person in need, to open your arms and your heart, and lend a hand wherever needed." This message has been imparted to Parker School students, who readily line up behind “Uncle Eric” to put up an event tent or move picnic tables for the annual lua’au and who have repeatedly voted him “Mr. Aloha” in the annual yearbook poll. A graduate of Honoka'a High who has lived in Waimea for most of his life, Mr. Sills received his Hawaiian Lifestyles Certificate from Hawaii Community College. His wife, "Kumu Jackie," teaches kindergarten at the Parker Lower School. Eric and Jackie have four daughters, two of whom are Parker School graduates, and four grandchildren, one of whom attends Parker Lower School, making them the first family to send three generations to Parker.

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Jackie Sills

"Kumu Jackie"(kumu meaning “teacher” or “source”) was born on O’ahu, has lived on the Big Island since 1984, and is a graduate of Parker School. Prior to becoming a founding member of the Parker Lower School faculty in 2005, she taught at Kamehameha Preschool and Waimea Elementary School and also served as a valuable Parker 'ohana member for many years, frequently helping her husband, Maintenance Director “Uncle Eric” Sills, in preserving the school’s historic buildings. Kumu Jackie is a proficient Hawaiian language speaker and incorporates values of Hawaiian culture into her curriculum. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors in early childhood education from Chaminade University and a master’s in education administration from the University of Scranton. Jackie and Eric have four daughters, two of whom are Parker School graduates, and six grandchildren, one of whom attends Parker Lower School, making their family the first to send three generations to Parker. "I have a passion for teaching reading and nurturing the whole child," says Kumu Jackie. "I believe it is important to create a learning environment that allows the children to reach their fullest potential. I wish for my students to become enthusiastic learners, critical thinkers, and responsible and respectful individuals."

808-930-0072 ext. 0303
Kindergarten Teacher
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"Kumu Jackie"(kumu meaning “teacher” or “source”) was born on O’ahu, has lived on the Big Island since 1984, and is a graduate of Parker School. Prior to becoming a founding member of the Parker Lower School faculty in 2005, she taught at Kamehameha Preschool and Waimea Elementary School and also served as a valuable Parker 'ohana member for many years, frequently helping her husband, Maintenance Director “Uncle Eric” Sills, in preserving the school’s historic buildings. Kumu Jackie is a proficient Hawaiian language speaker and incorporates values of Hawaiian culture into her curriculum. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors in early childhood education from Chaminade University and a master’s in education administration from the University of Scranton. Jackie and Eric have four daughters, two of whom are Parker School graduates, and six grandchildren, one of whom attends Parker Lower School, making their family the first to send three generations to Parker. "I have a passion for teaching reading and nurturing the whole child," says Kumu Jackie. "I believe it is important to create a learning environment that allows the children to reach their fullest potential. I wish for my students to become enthusiastic learners, critical thinkers, and responsible and respectful individuals."

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Audrey Smith

Ms. Smith comes to us from teaching at Georgetown University and in the Washington DC public school system. She earned her Bachelors in English and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College, and a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Smith has lived throughout the Midwest and Washington, DC before moving to the Big Island in 2018.
In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, reality television, and face timing with her family. “I believe in teaching the whole person and helping students develop into curious and compassionate lifelong learners through creating spaces for them to explore, make mistakes, think critically, and discover their passions. I believe literature has the potential to foster connections and empathy across time and space and that it's a tool through which we can build and understand worlds and ultimately come to better understand ourselves and each other.”

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Middle and Upper School English
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Ms. Smith comes to us from teaching at Georgetown University and in the Washington DC public school system. She earned her Bachelors in English and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College, and a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Smith has lived throughout the Midwest and Washington, DC before moving to the Big Island in 2018.
In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, reality television, and face timing with her family. “I believe in teaching the whole person and helping students develop into curious and compassionate lifelong learners through creating spaces for them to explore, make mistakes, think critically, and discover their passions. I believe literature has the potential to foster connections and empathy across time and space and that it's a tool through which we can build and understand worlds and ultimately come to better understand ourselves and each other.”

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Naomi Smith

Ms. Smith joined the Parker ‘Ohana in 2017 after teaching at Laupahoehoe Charter School for three years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, specializing in earth and life science, from Texas Women's University. She has been teaching over ten years in elementary education in both Texas and Hawaii and has been awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ twice. Originally from Texas, Ms. Smith moved to the Big Island in 2014 with her husband Scott and their two children, Emily and Ethan, who are Parker School students. In her free time, she loves gardening, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors. Ms. Smith stated, “I truly enjoy teaching, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Parker students. I believe in helping students become life-long learners who are curious about the world around them.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7101
Middle & Upper School Receptionist, Registrar, Health Aide
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Ms. Smith joined the Parker ‘Ohana in 2017 after teaching at Laupahoehoe Charter School for three years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, specializing in earth and life science, from Texas Women's University. She has been teaching over ten years in elementary education in both Texas and Hawaii and has been awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ twice. Originally from Texas, Ms. Smith moved to the Big Island in 2014 with her husband Scott and their two children, Emily and Ethan, who are Parker School students. In her free time, she loves gardening, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors. Ms. Smith stated, “I truly enjoy teaching, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Parker students. I believe in helping students become life-long learners who are curious about the world around them.”

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Ruth Sturges

Originally from California and most recently Utah, Ms. Sturges holds a B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and an M.A. in European studies and certification for teaching K-12 in multiple states from Claremont Graduate University. She has been teaching continually since 1976. Prior to coming to Parker School in 2003, she taught for 15 years at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she won the Sumner Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a 2014 US Presidential Scholar Inspirational Teacher. Her son and daughter are both Parker School graduates now attending universities on the mainland. For her, “the primary goals in teaching are to get students to think critically, independently, logically and creatively; expand their understanding of their world and how it came to be this way; and explore and relish the complexities of the human condition.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7135
Upper School English & History Teacher
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Originally from California and most recently Utah, Ms. Sturges holds a B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and an M.A. in European studies and certification for teaching K-12 in multiple states from Claremont Graduate University. She has been teaching continually since 1976. Prior to coming to Parker School in 2003, she taught for 15 years at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she won the Sumner Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a 2014 US Presidential Scholar Inspirational Teacher. Her son and daughter are both Parker School graduates now attending universities on the mainland. For her, “the primary goals in teaching are to get students to think critically, independently, logically and creatively; expand their understanding of their world and how it came to be this way; and explore and relish the complexities of the human condition.”