#KnowYourPelicans: Ashley Greene
What is your favorite thing about Packer?
I love the students at Packer. Being a member of the Packer community as a teacher, advisor, and coach has truly allowed me the opportunity to get to know students on a personal level. I love how open they are with me and yet they still know their boundaries. Students at Packer make it feel like I'm not coming to work every day. It's like getting to do something you love with people you truly care about — that's the essence of Packer for me.
Describe a favorite or memorable moment in your classroom at Packer.
One of my most memorable moments at Packer would be my second year teaching here. I had the opportunity to teach advanced Algebra to Eighth Graders. We worked on a project on distance, rate, and time. Students had the chance to make their own videos and had their classmates watch them and create graphs that matched what they saw. This was such a great real-life application of when and how we use distance and rate charts to show a person's movement.
Name a book/artwork/piece of music that changed your life and explain how.
I love India Arie's Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. This album speaks to the core of who I am. Whenever I need answers to life's questions, a quick pick-me-up or simply good music, I go to this album. The whole album is about life lessons, many of which I will or have encountered as an African American woman.
What is something that most Packer people wouldn't know about you?
I am in a sorority. In college, I was privileged to be able to join a national lifelong sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. During my free time, I am an active member of our step team and stroll team and go across the country competing. We are also deeply committed to community service. Every holiday we go to homeless shelters, perform for them, give them some history about our organization, and provide food and clothing.
I am also a full-year teacher. I work for Prep for Prep every Saturday all day and during the summer. I take only one week off so that I can help Prep students (all of whom are students of color) get into the top schools in the US. I love feeling I made a difference in their lives. I also love for them to see that someone who looks like them can and has succeeded.
Kindergarten Teacher Anne Montero
Upper School Science Teacher Alice Lurain
World Languages Teacher Su-Ling Huang
Upper School Art Teacher Eric Baylin
Preschool Teacher Lynnette Arthur
Middle School English Teacher Todd Johnson
Physical Education Teacher and Coach Rich Domanico
Food Services Member Ann Martinez
Lower School Librarian Chris Rush
Upper School Computer Science Teacher Louis Minsky '09
Upper School History Teacher Monika Johnston
First Grade Teacher Irene Turner
Interim Chair of the Arts Department Ali Boag
Middle School Dean of Student Life and Health Teacher Bessie Oster
Fourth Grade Teacher Tim Jensen