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Parker School announces new board members


Parker School welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors — Julie Hendricks and Frances Simperman.

Born and raised in Waimea, Hendricks graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy. While earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she worked as an intern with Tori Richard, Ltd. in the sales and marketing division.

After graduating, she worked in sales at Fee-McClaran, an interior design showroom in Honolulu, then later as a project manager at the prominent Honolulu interior design firm, Philpotts and Associates. Hendricks then launched a design company that focused on local sourcing of home decor.

After nearly a decade on Oahu, she and her husband moved back to the Big Island to raise their children, both Parker School students.

Hendricks said, “I am honored to serve on the board for Parker School. I feel fortunate to be a Parker parent and grateful for the teachers and staff that make our small school so amazing!”

Simperman recently retired from a long career as owner and operator of Typesetter Corporation, a commercial printing business in Bellevue, Wash.

A graduate of the University of Washington School of Cytology, she also worked as the Director of Cytology at Northgate Hospital in Seattle.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in special education from Seattle University as well, she worked as a special education instructor in Seattle area public schools and served as a representative of the Special Education Department of the Board of Education in Renton, Wash.

She was a member of Soroptimist International for 20 years, serving as president of the Bellevue chapter for three years.

Simperman was nominated to be the Nelly Cushman Business Woman of the Year, her printing business was named one of the Ten Fastest Growing Businesses in the North West for three consecutive years, and was awarded numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze Printing Awards.

Presently, Simperman is a committee member for the Elsie Pauly Corette Scholarship Fund for Carroll College in Helena, Mont. and is a board member of the Simperman Foundation in Seattle.

Originally from New York, she and her husband divide their time between the Big Island and the Pacific Northwest.

She said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Parker School Board and their commitment to excellence in the education and development of the children of the Island of Hawaii.”

Summer Fun adds two programs

Parker School’s summer programs came to a successful close ahead of the new academic year.

In addition to the popular summer camp for ages 5-12, enrichment courses for ages 11-17 and Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp for ages 3-14 were offered.

In the Parker Summer Camp, the young campers enjoyed science, art, drama, athletic activities, and lots of excursions.

The older kids had fun in a variety of enrichment courses such as an acting/improv intensive, Chinese Kempo and self-defense, and outdoor survival skills.

British soccer coaches spent a week with young soccer enthusiasts during the British Soccer Camp held on Parker’s soccer field. The kids learned everything from technical skills to sportsmanship.

All three programs are open to all community children.

Plans for Parker’s 2015 summer programs are already underway.

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