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#KnowYourPelicans: Joe McCauley
Posted 12/01/2017 12:24PM

Know Your Pelicans - Joe McCauley


#KnowYourPelicans: Joe McCauley

Assistant Head of Pre and Lower School


What is your favorite thing about Packer?

My favorite thing about Packer is that I get to stay in touch with my former students as they move through the divisions. I taught 4th Grade at Packer from 2008 to 2014, and my first group of 4th Graders graduated last year! The Middle and Upper School is full of students that I taught or connected with as Assistant Head of the Pre and Lower School. Every educator wants their former students to do well, and I get to see that each and every day.

Describe a favorite or memorable moment during your time at Packer.

For me, it's the everyday moments that stand out the most: students speaking at assemblies, teachers brainstorming a new idea, high-fives from students in the hallways, students springing to action when they see someone in need of support... The Packer community never ceases to delight and inspire me.

Name a work of art, literature, music, or film that you hold dear and explain its influence on you.

Van Morrison's album Astral Weeks is my favorite piece of music and something I have never tired of listening to. It was Morrison's first complete album after his early pop hits, and he was able to create a piece of art that was spontaneous and entirely his vision. I've been listening to it since high school and have owned it as a tape, a CD, a download, and I recently purchased a vinyl copy!

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

There is no other educator I look up to more than my sister. She has been a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in Milwaukee public schools for over 20 years and is just outstanding. Her students adore her, and she is a an important presence in their lives both in and outside of the classroom.



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

Upper School History Teacher George Snook

Dance Teacher Alicia White

Middle School Science Teacher Stephanie Rapciak

Library Department Chair Andrew Parson


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