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Know Your Pelicans

Meet Miya Yamada

PS + LS Counselor and Health Educator

Know Your Pelicans

Tell us about a time you learned something from our students.

I learn something new from my students every day.  They are a source of energy, inspiration and positivity, and I am always amazed at their resilience and motivation to think and express their thoughts and ideas in a joyful and enlightening way, sharing and growing with their peers.  They teach me, daily, the power of exuberance as well as being able to pick yourself up after any disappointment.  

Besides your subject, what’s something you hope to teach your students?  

I hope my students will be kind to themselves and learn to appreciate every aspect of themselves as they grow and discover new horizons that will intrigue them, catapulting them into an ever-evolving journey of self discovery. I hope they will become comfortable being vulnerable and sharing feelings that will help them build wonderful relationships with their peers, teachers and the world around them.

What are your impressions of Packer so far? Our students? Your colleagues? 

I am extremely grateful for the warm camaraderie, caring ways and ever evolving inspirational vision of my colleagues.  The fluidity of ideas and thinking keeps the conversation fresh and forward moving.  The Packer community (colleagues, students and families) is one of the most thoughtful and kind communities I have known.  The students here always amaze me with their lively enthusiasm,  curious ways, illuminating aspirations and kindness toward others, but most of all, I love to see them being so joyful as their world opens up in front of their eyes!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I love to cook, but don’t always have the time to make meals the way I would like, or if I’m inspired by a dish, I may not have the ingredients readily available in my fridge or pantry.  If I could have any superpower, it would be to imagine a meal in my head, and in seconds, the meal would be ready, but being able to enjoy the fun and satisfaction of making the meal.  Most of all, it would also allow me to make as much as is necessary so the meal could be enjoyed with family and friends on a moment’s notice!

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