Meet The Candidates: Brad Williams & Deborah Hopper

The pair are two of eight candidates seeking two seats on the Parkway School District Board of Education.

The following information was provided to  the Parkway School District and is available on the district's website ahead of the April 2nd election. Patch will share two candidate profiles a day this week between through Thursday


Brad Williams

Brad Williams and his wife Andrea are proud parents of two current Parkway students. Brad currently serves on the Government Relations Committee at River Bend Elementary and works for the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he also received his Baccalaureate with Honors in History. Andrea is an Alum of the Parkway District and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

In his position at UMSL he is responsible for advising community college students in planning their coursework for preparation of transfer. Additionally Brad serves as the Advisor for the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students and UMSL College Democrats, as well as researching and monitoring related legislation and assisting with strategic planning. Other previous work experience includes Education Specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Commercial Deep Sea Diver/Dive Medical Specialist.

When asked why he wanted to run for the School Board, Brad answered “To me the school board is one of the most important positions within our government. With hard work and dedication, we can ensure the values of strong character, solid academic preparation and good citizenship continue to be the focus of the Parkway School District during these fiscally and morally tough and trying times.”

Deborah A. Hopper, MHA

I have been inspired to run for election to Parkway’s Board of Education through my involvement with Project Parkway, my current role on Parkway’s Government Relations committee as the Claymont Elementary PTO representative, and various volunteer efforts with our schools.

My husband and I have a fifth grader at Claymont Elementary who will transition to West Middle and a pre-schooler entering Kindergarten in August. We utilize many of Parkway’s resources: the Early Childhood Center, Parents as Teachers, Y Club, Community School, SSD, and other educational specialists. With our youngest graduating in 2026, I am committed to help this district excel and maintain its mission “to ensure all students are capable, curious and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world.”

A native of St. Louis, I graduated from Washington University with a BA in Biology and a Master of Health Administration. Currently I am an Administrative Director of Research Operations at Washington University School of Medicine, serving in this position for 12.5 years. I have prior board experience and held management positions at other local healthcare organizations.

I would be honored to be involved with Parkway’s forward-thinking efforts for the success of all our students.

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