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#KnowYourPelicans: Rita Pavia
Posted 12/15/2017 12:25PM

Know Your Pelicans - Rita Pavia


#KnowYourPelicans: Rita Pavia

Permanent Substitute Teacher


What is your favorite thing about Packer?

One of my favorite things about Packer is the way that students from different divisions engage with each other. I love that they even have the opportunity to do so through activities in the curriculum that facilitate reaching outside their normal circles of interaction.

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

A memorable moment that stood out while at Packer happened recently. After Hurricane Maria there was a tremendous outpouring of support and love in getting help to the people of Puerto Rico, including my brother's family who relocated here in Brooklyn. There are simply no words that can express my gratitude toward the Packer community.

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

I have been tremendously influenced and inspired by the books and biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Every so often I reread them to remind myself that there is nothing you can't achieve if you work hard and put your mind to it.

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

During my high school and college years, I used to sing and perform in local theaters and churches in Puerto Rico. Music has always been an intrinsic part of who I am.




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

Pre and Lower School Assistant Head Joe McCauley

Spanish Teacher Dallas Rico


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