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Know Your Pelicans

Meet Denise Schwed

Director of Pre and Lower School Admissions

Know Your Pelicans

What is something that most Packer people would not know about you?

Most people wouldn’t know that I have spent the bulk of my professional life teaching and working at Packer. I started here as a young teacher and loved it so much I never left! In fact, all three of my own children went to Packer and two were lifers. I’ve been here so long that I am now interviewing children whose parents I taught.

What’s one thing you love about your colleagues?

I’ve made many friends in my years here at Packer and what I love most about these people is the kindness they have shown me. They have been with me through the highs and lows of life. I have always felt safe, nurtured, and welcomed by the terrific people in the Packer community.

What is your favorite space on campus and why?

As a former First Grade teacher and lifelong lover of books, reading and all things in print, the libraries at Packer are delightful escapes for me. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the Hart Library and seeing the youngest learners with their heads in a book and then seeing them years later in the Blackburne Library still absorbed in a book. Our amazing teachers, families and librarians do a wonderful job of instilling a lifelong love of reading in our students.

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