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Know Your Pelicans

Meet Sara Goin-Cloird

Middle and Upper School Admissions Coordinator

Know Your Pelicans

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

Although I was born and raised in Brooklyn, I didn’t learn English until I was about five-years-old. I am first generation American, born to very proud Haitian parents who didn’t speak English when I was born. We spoke French at home, and I listened intently when the adults spoke their native language, Haitian Kreyol. I spent most of the summers and holiday breaks in Montreal where, you guessed it... there was more French speaking. As a result, I am fluent in three languages. I use them separately and interchangeably; I am known to mix all three in one sentence when conversing with family. 

What’s one thing you love about your colleagues? 

My colleagues are caring. Many of them care deeply, and I feel a kinship like nothing I’ve felt in the workplace before this. It’s touching when they remember the slightest detail about my life outside of Packer and make reference to it in conversation. My daughter is a Packer alum, and she has made connections to adults in this space that have continued to flourish even after she graduated. I don’t know what the future holds for me professionally, but I do know that many of my colleagues have become friends. 

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

If anyone knows me, has been to the Admissions Office, or had a non-work related conversation with me, they’d know that I am a huge Wonder Woman fan! As a working mother (to the most awesome daughter, I might add), I often feel like I have to be in many places at once — either physically, or mentally, or both. If I could have any superpower, it would be the power of multiplicity!

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