Faculty and Staff Directory

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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.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7151
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.”

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Mahealani Thompson

Mahealani Thompson joined the Parker School ‘ohana in March 2014 after a successful career in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. For 17 years, she worked the Hawaiian skies as a flight attendant for Aloha Airlines until the company closed in 2008. More recently, she has worked with various organizations promoting community economic development, focusing on the native Hawaiian population. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Mahealani graduated from The Kamehameha Schools. In 1999, she and her husband moved to the Big Island, where her husband’s family is from. They have three children and have been proud Parker parents since 2007. In her spare time, Mahealani enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, and supporting her children in their extracurricular events. She believes that her best investment is in her children and that Parker School provides a diverse learning environment where children can excel both academically and socially.

808-885-7933 ext. 7110
Executive Assistant
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Mahealani Thompson joined the Parker School ‘ohana in March 2014 after a successful career in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. For 17 years, she worked the Hawaiian skies as a flight attendant for Aloha Airlines until the company closed in 2008. More recently, she has worked with various organizations promoting community economic development, focusing on the native Hawaiian population. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Mahealani graduated from The Kamehameha Schools. In 1999, she and her husband moved to the Big Island, where her husband’s family is from. They have three children and have been proud Parker parents since 2007. In her spare time, Mahealani enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, and supporting her children in their extracurricular events. She believes that her best investment is in her children and that Parker School provides a diverse learning environment where children can excel both academically and socially.

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Cassie Valley

Ms. Valley joined the Parker School faculty in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations with an emphasis in Latin American studies and a minor in Spanish Language from the University of South Florida. She has studied in Chile, Argentina, and Spain and moved to Hawaii Island in 2009. Ms. Valley received her teaching degree from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2011 and has worked in the public schools in Hawaii ever since, including serving as a long-term substitute at Parker School teaching K-5 Spanish and Spanish 1 for upper school. Originally from a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania, Ms. Valley enjoys helping manage her fiance's farm, First Light Farm, in Waimea. She is an avid weed puller, enjoys hiking, being outdoors and living in beautiful Hawaii. “I believe in creating an environment to promote socially aware students who can view the world as a place for discovery. Positivity is contagious and I find it imperative to start each day with enthusiasm.”

808-885-7933 ext. 7198
Middle School History and Spanish Teacher
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Ms. Valley joined the Parker School faculty in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations with an emphasis in Latin American studies and a minor in Spanish Language from the University of South Florida. She has studied in Chile, Argentina, and Spain and moved to Hawaii Island in 2009. Ms. Valley received her teaching degree from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2011 and has worked in the public schools in Hawaii ever since, including serving as a long-term substitute at Parker School teaching K-5 Spanish and Spanish 1 for upper school. Originally from a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania, Ms. Valley enjoys helping manage her fiance's farm, First Light Farm, in Waimea. She is an avid weed puller, enjoys hiking, being outdoors and living in beautiful Hawaii. “I believe in creating an environment to promote socially aware students who can view the world as a place for discovery. Positivity is contagious and I find it imperative to start each day with enthusiasm.”

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Nicole Vedelli

Born and raised on Oahu, Ms. Vedelli moved to the Big Island in 1995 to work in the hotel and property management industries. Prior to joining the Parker staff in 2009 and becoming the lower school physical education teacher in 2011, she taught physical education at Waimea Country School. Now, along with directing Parker’s growing athletics program, Vedelli coaches high school girls’ cross country and teaches a high school conditioning class. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from University of Hawaii, Manoa and is certified with the American Council on Exercise in Youth Fitness and Sports Conditioning. She and her husband have two children who attend Parker School.

808-885-7933 ext. 7106
Athletic Director, Middle School Physical Education & Conditioning Teacher
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Born and raised on Oahu, Ms. Vedelli moved to the Big Island in 1995 to work in the hotel and property management industries. Prior to joining the Parker staff in 2009 and becoming the lower school physical education teacher in 2011, she taught physical education at Waimea Country School. Now, along with directing Parker’s growing athletics program, Vedelli coaches high school girls’ cross country and teaches a high school conditioning class. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from University of Hawaii, Manoa and is certified with the American Council on Exercise in Youth Fitness and Sports Conditioning. She and her husband have two children who attend Parker School.

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Holly Weigle

Ms. Weigle earned her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to the Big Island in 2004, she worked as a development engineer at a bioengineering firm in San Diego, focusing on cardiac medical devices. Prior to joining the Parker staff in 2008, Ms. Weigle served as a human resources coordinator at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and as a marketing consultant to MacArthur & Company Sotheby’s International Realty. Before becoming a full-time faculty member, she held the positions of advancement associate, marketing associate, webmaster, and math and science teacher at Parker. She enjoys running, playing tennis, reading, and going to the beach. Ms. Weigle and her husband Chad have three children, all currently attending Parker School.

808-885-7933 ext. 7118
Math Department Chair, Middle & Upper School Math & Science Teacher
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Ms. Weigle earned her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to the Big Island in 2004, she worked as a development engineer at a bioengineering firm in San Diego, focusing on cardiac medical devices. Prior to joining the Parker staff in 2008, Ms. Weigle served as a human resources coordinator at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and as a marketing consultant to MacArthur & Company Sotheby’s International Realty. Before becoming a full-time faculty member, she held the positions of advancement associate, marketing associate, webmaster, and math and science teacher at Parker. She enjoys running, playing tennis, reading, and going to the beach. Ms. Weigle and her husband Chad have three children, all currently attending Parker School.

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Kristi Weiser

Even before moving to Hawaii, Mrs. Weiser believed in maintaining relationships of aloha with her students. "My teaching philosophy always has been to have a caring, understanding approach to each student's needs and to maintain a classroom atmosphere where everyone treats one another with respect and courtesy," she says. Mrs. Weiser received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in speech communications from California State University, Long Beach. She taught fifth grade for 15 years, as well as pre-school and physical education, at First Lutheran School in Torrance, California, where she also ran a summer daycare program. A California native, Mrs. Weiser moved to the Big Island with her husband, Leon, who was born and raised in Hilo, and their two sons, Lee and Bobby. She joined the Lower School faculty at Parker in 2007. Mrs. Weiser enjoys spending time laughing with her family, especially outdoors and at the beach.

808-930-0072 ext. 0308
Fifth Grade Teacher
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Even before moving to Hawaii, Mrs. Weiser believed in maintaining relationships of aloha with her students. "My teaching philosophy always has been to have a caring, understanding approach to each student's needs and to maintain a classroom atmosphere where everyone treats one another with respect and courtesy," she says. Mrs. Weiser received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in speech communications from California State University, Long Beach. She taught fifth grade for 15 years, as well as pre-school and physical education, at First Lutheran School in Torrance, California, where she also ran a summer daycare program. A California native, Mrs. Weiser moved to the Big Island with her husband, Leon, who was born and raised in Hilo, and their two sons, Lee and Bobby. She joined the Lower School faculty at Parker in 2007. Mrs. Weiser enjoys spending time laughing with her family, especially outdoors and at the beach.

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Buff Winderbaum

Mr. Winderbaum comes to Parker Middle School with a bachelor’s degree from Antioch University and a master’s in education from Wilkes University. Prior to entering the education field, he owned successful businesses in Seattle, Washington, which he sold to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher. “Mr. W” is passionate about connecting with students and providing them with an opportunity not only to learn the curriculum, but to learn and grow into their fullest potential as well. Recognizing that the future of our great democracy will depend upon an active, informed electorate, he teaches the importance of critical thinking, civic responsibility, and community service. In his spare time, Mr. W enjoys travel, reading, scuba diving, tennis, hiking, and digital technology.

808-885-7933 ext. 7127
Middle School History & English Teacher
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Mr. Winderbaum comes to Parker Middle School with a bachelor’s degree from Antioch University and a master’s in education from Wilkes University. Prior to entering the education field, he owned successful businesses in Seattle, Washington, which he sold to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher. “Mr. W” is passionate about connecting with students and providing them with an opportunity not only to learn the curriculum, but to learn and grow into their fullest potential as well. Recognizing that the future of our great democracy will depend upon an active, informed electorate, he teaches the importance of critical thinking, civic responsibility, and community service. In his spare time, Mr. W enjoys travel, reading, scuba diving, tennis, hiking, and digital technology.

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Maile Wong

Ms. Wong joined Parker School in 2016 as admissions associate. Born and raised in Waimea, Ms. Wong grew up in a ranching family and graduated from Kamehameha Schools on O’ahu. Ms. Wong studied Hawaiian studies from the University of Hawaii, Hilo and has lived on Maui and O’ahu, returning to Waimea with her husband to raise their children in her hometown (two attend Parker lower school and one future bull). Ms. Wong enjoys riding her horse, dancing hula, stand up paddling and teaching her keiki (children) about the historical places of Hawaii Island and Hawaiian cultural activities. “I am very thankful to have the opportunity to work at Parker School and contribute to the future of our Waimea leaders,” says Ms. Wong.

808-885-7933 ext. 7126
Admissions Associate
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Ms. Wong joined Parker School in 2016 as admissions associate. Born and raised in Waimea, Ms. Wong grew up in a ranching family and graduated from Kamehameha Schools on O’ahu. Ms. Wong studied Hawaiian studies from the University of Hawaii, Hilo and has lived on Maui and O’ahu, returning to Waimea with her husband to raise their children in her hometown (two attend Parker lower school and one future bull). Ms. Wong enjoys riding her horse, dancing hula, stand up paddling and teaching her keiki (children) about the historical places of Hawaii Island and Hawaiian cultural activities. “I am very thankful to have the opportunity to work at Parker School and contribute to the future of our Waimea leaders,” says Ms. Wong.