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Leadership

A Letter from our Head of School 

Welcome to our new website, which we have designed to offer a rich understanding of the Packer experience. We are exceptionally proud of our academic program, which balances rigorous study with a student-centered and inquiry-based approach. At all grade levels, we work to promote active learning through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration. 

I hope you will take some time to get to know our extraordinary faculty and staff. They collaborate closely to provide the right kinds of support for each student’s intellectual and personal growth. By emphasizing a holistic approach to health and wellness, we lead students to sustainable and lasting forms of achievement. In short, we focus on both head and heart, and you can feel that commitment to balance in our halls.

Our community is serious and motivated as well as joyful and open-hearted. This is an unusual combination, and it works. We cherish the close and trusting relationships that take root here and allow us to grow, together, as a community. For 173 years, our emphasis on relationships has been a defining aspect of our school. Today, we are actively engaged in ensuring that each and every Packer student feels a sense of connection and inclusion. 

Packer’s 1000+ students from PreK through 12th Grade benefit from our unique Brooklyn Heights campus, which is both historic and fully modernized. This fall marks the opening of the Packer Early Learning Center, a state-of-the-art building designed for our Preschool and Kindergarten students, at 100 Clinton Street, one short block from our campus.

Perhaps the best way to appreciate the Packer community is to spend some time with us. Come to an Admissions Open House, take a tour of our campus, and meet our administrators and faculty.  

Thank you for your interest in The Packer Collegiate Institute.

Bruce L. Dennis

Bruce L. Dennis
Head of School

I love my colleagues' dedication and commitment to their students, and am constantly impressed by their high level of engagement with our students.

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Packer's Mission

Our mission lives in our work and our conversations every day.

Board of Trustees

Administrative Leadership

Jim Anderson

Chief Technology Officer

Sheila Bogan

Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions, Director of Financial Aid

Maxine Coleman

Director of Campus Operations

José De Jesús

Upper School Division Head

Bruce Dennis

Head of School

Darrin Fallick

Director of Athletics

Elizabeth Aurand Hastings

Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean

Tené Howard

Director of Global Programs and Community Engagement

Bill McCarthy

Pre/Lower School Division Head

Noah Reinhardt

Middle School Division Head

Denise Schwed

Director of Pre & Lower School Admissions

Sara Shulman

Director of Development

Semeka Smith-Williams

Director of Diversity and Equity

Karin Storm Wood

Director of Communications

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