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#KnowYourPelicans: George Snook
Posted 10/27/2017 09:53AM

Know Your Pelicans - George Snook


#KnowYourPelicans: George Snook

Upper School History Teacher


What is your favorite thing about Packer?

Our diversity. People sense it when they enter the building. We encourage and respect each other for our differences as well as our similarities. I also love our Neo-Gothic building and still enjoy finding odd corners and hidden spots I didn't know existed.

Describe a favorite or memorable moment in your classroom at Packer.

I'm not sure if this counts as it is not in the classroom, but I love getting students outside the building and into neighborhoods like the Village or Chinatown.

Name a book/artwork/piece of music that changed your life and explain how.

The first book that changed my life was The Sailor Dog, by Margaret Wise Brown. The scruffy little guy sails off and lives a life of adventure. It jump-started my imagination and wanderlust. Musically, it was Elvis and later The Rolling Stones. I first saw Elvis on "The Ed Sullivan Show" at age 6 and my grandparents hated it. I saw The Rolling Stones in the 1960s and my parents hated them even more. I figured there must be something worthwhile in that.

What is something that most Packer people wouldn't know about you?

I flunked out of college, worked in construction and factories, reapplied, got back in, and graduated (eventually).


In the News

In a wonderful interview with The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) quarterly journal, The Volunteer, Mr. Snook spoke about his Advanced Topics in European History students' research in NYU's Tamiment Library. A highly recommended read!

Snook's former AT students Liam Doyle '18 and Raphael Wood '18 were recently awarded the 2018 ALBA Pre-Collegiate George Watt Prize for their original essay, "A Revolution in Romanticism: The Shift in Fervor within the International Brigades and the Anarcho-Syndicalists throughout the Spanish Civil War." Winners are selected based on "originality, quality of research, and effectiveness of argument or presentation" and receive a cash prize.





Previous Pelicans:

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

Middle School Math Teacher Ashley Greene

Upper School Choral Director Esther Liu Harris

Upper School English Teacher Eric Weisberg

Facilities Staff Member Luciean Seaforth

Director of Global Outreach, Service, and Sustainability Tené Adero Howard '91

Administrative Assistant for Student Services, College Counseling Lydia Monzio

Lower School Associate Teacher Annabelle Baylin

Middle School Administrative Assistant César Ayala

Instrumental Music Coordinator Paul Riggio

Second Grade Teacher Sara Baumrin

The Development Office

Pre and Lower School Music Teacher Fran Onne-Fong

Physical Education and Health Teacher Dorothy Gurreri

Latin Teacher Tim Flannery

Hallmaster Louis Rios

Security Team Member Nick Griffith

Third Grade Head Teacher Joanna Stern

Middle School Math Teacher Colin Levitt

Upper School Science Teacher Lutz Holzinger

Pre and Lower School Admissions Coordinator Yvonne Menard


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