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Careers at Packer

Packer’s faculty and staff are passionate, committed, student-focused leaders.

Packer’s mission and core values influence everything we do — in our classrooms, on stage, in the art studio, or on the field, whether it is locally or globally. 

A deeply collaborative faculty and staff — our ideals, our passions, and our work ethic — makes all the difference to students. We embrace the learning process for them as well as for ourselves, as we continuously hone our own areas of expertise and work to deepen the role each of us plays at Packer. 

Great teachers love what they do and create great experiences for their students. Our collective goal is to help our students develop the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that will inspire them to pursue lives of purpose. We don’t just educate young people; we strive to transform their lives so that they may transform the world. 

We invite you to learn more about our school and our current openings. 

Employee Benefits

—Fully Paid Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

—Fully Paid short-term and long-term disability insurance

—Fully paid life insurance

—Paid Family Leave

—Flexible Spending Account Benefit Plan

— Commuter Benefit Plan

—403 (b) Retirement Plan including employer contribution and match after one year of employment

—Eligibility to contribute on a pre-tax basis to a defined contribution retirement plan

A Diverse and Inclusive Community 

Together, we strive to make Packer a diverse and inclusive community where every member can be their full selves. We follow inclusive hiring processes deliberately and explicitly to attract the widest possible range of candidates representing varied identities, races, cultures, and economic backgrounds. Learn more about Equity and Inclusion at Packer.

Focus on Professional Development

Packer has abundant resources to help our employees develop skills that support academic and institutional excellence. Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Summer curriculum and professional development grants.
  • Professional development funds for faculty and staff career and skills development.
  • Annual PA Excellence in Teaching: stipended award 
  • Babbott Chair: stipended award for humanities faculty
  • Stutt Chair: stipended award for math and science faculty

Mentoring Program

Packer’s mentoring program provides an introduction for new Packer employees. Mentors empower and support new faculty and staff as they enter and contribute to the school community; provide guidance in navigating school policies, procedures, and cultural nuances; and offer themselves as a confidential sounding board and resource. In addition, faculty in their first year are given the opportunity to join a New-to-Packer Cohort during the Teacher Growth Tuesdays to help support the transition to teaching at Packer.

Many Ways to Get Involved

Through participating in a wide range of non-academic programs, our faculty and staff can connect with students and other adults, and experience Packer in a whole new way. School-year opportunities include: athletic coaching, grade-level leading, club advising, global trip leading, and committee membership. 

Meet Janel Coleman (she/her)
Lower School Counselor, Health Educator

I enjoy coaching students to become better scientific thinkers, helping them achieve the goals they set for themselves, and if I'm lucky, playing a role in discovering or developing their passion.

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Meet Jenna Peet (she/her)
Upper School Science Teacher

I enjoy coaching students to become better scientific thinkers, helping them achieve the goals they set for themselves, and if I'm lucky, playing a role in discovering or developing their passion.

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Meet José Saltos (he/him)
Upper School Science Teacher

As a teacher, I’m lucky to be able to witness that special ‘aha’ moment, when students' eyes light up with understanding.

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Meet David Jagielski
Learning Specialist, Middle and Upper School

"I am thrilled to be at Packer. There are lots of smiling faces, and I get the sense that people are generally happy to be here."

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Meet Matthew Annenberg (he/him/his)
Chief Financial and Operating Officer

"I'm really lucky to be working with a team of dedicated, experienced professionals, who come in every day with the goal of providing a stable platform as we educate our students."

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Meet Zachary Wright (he/him)
Physical Education Department Head

My impressions are that Packer is a wonderful place with bright, curious, friendly students and wonderfully supportive, fun, and deep-thinking colleagues.

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Meet Andrae Hines
Assistant Athletic Director

I chose to work at Packer primarily because of the excellence that is tied to the schools athletic program. I also value how diverse and welcoming the community is. Everyone greets you with a smile!

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Meet Ronnette Hope '07 (she/her)
Director of Alumni

I find myself beaming with pride anytime I hear about any Packer alum's accomplishments, small or large; whenever possible, I want to be a resource to my peers on their journeys.

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Meet Bridget Londay (she/her)
Director of Health and Wellness

I am proud to work with the H&W team, and our wider adult community, to ensure our amazing and talented kids are also learning to practice balance, embrace joy, and get to know themselves on a deeper level.

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Loretta Owens (she/her)
Dean, Class of 2026; 10th Grade Health Teacher

From the moment I interviewed last year, I felt such warmth from everyone, and after 6 months of being here, it feels like this is where I've always belonged.

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Iris Williamson (she/her)
MS Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and DEI Coordinator; MS English Teacher

Packer faculty and staff do serious work, but they don't take themselves too seriously. I love being able to laugh with my students and colleagues. It's good for my health.

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Meet Dana Lotito
Upper School English Teacher

One of my favorite things is when I come into a class and students are already discussing the book, or have strong feelings about it and are excited to get going. But above all, I love to read when students reflect on their writing and can see their growth, see their hard work, and feel proud of themselves.

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Meet Jeremy Hawkins (he/they)
Dean, Class of 2023 / Health Teacher

I'm consistently impressed with my Health students' ability to grapple with sensitive topics — from mental health to substance use to sexuality — with equal parts curiosity, intelligence, and humor. I never had a Health teacher in my educational experience, so much of my Health education ethos is rooted in reparative work — being the teacher I wish I had had growing up.

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Meet Patrick Buzzell (he/him/his)
Upper School Learning Support Specialist

I am continually impressed with the level of professionalism and care shown by my coworkers to the students, and each other. The students show a desire to learn and level of inquiry that I have not experienced before. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of the staff and the many talents they bring to the work environment.

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Meet Roland Garrison (he/him)
3rd Grade Head Teacher

Packer people seem to bring their full selves to school—this is a place that so many different kinds of people feel supported in being creative and taking risks. I also so appreciate Packer's love for its own particular history and power in place. 

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Meet Rich Pyrczak (he/him)
World Language Teacher

Packer people seem to bring their full selves to school—this is a place that so many different kinds of people feel supported in being creative and taking risks. I also so appreciate Packer's love for its own particular history and power in place. 

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Meet Becca Zimmerman (she/her)
Upper School History Teacher

Packer people seem to bring their full selves to school—this is a place that so many different kinds of people feel supported in being creative and taking risks. I also so appreciate Packer's love for its own particular history and power in place. 

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Meet Ian Chute (he/him)
Science Teacher

The best part about the science curriculum is that the students discover the models of physics themselves rather than read them straight from a textbook; they learn by actively doing physics instead of passively reading about it.

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Meet Melissa Pierce (she/her)
Mathematics Teacher

I find my job rewarding when students come back the next day and say they have deeper wonderings and questions from the day before, because it means they are thinking outside of the classroom and that brings me joy.

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Meet Bonnie Maloney (she/her)
Interim Director of Early Learning

My mom gave me a vintage poster that says, "No one is you, and that is your power." I want students to learn that there is something that only they can offer, even if they are doing what everyone else is doing. They have a unique lens for seeing the world and acting upon it. Hopefully this is an empowering idea, and one that lets them know that we are so happy they are here with us, sharing of themselves and their way of thinking.

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Meet Zoë Hillman (she/her)
Head of Preschool and Lower School

I have a tendency to want to move quickly and it is important to cherish small moments and take time reflect, look deeply, uncover complexity, and enjoy the here and now. Particularly working with such little children, we are sometimes eager to look ahead and want time to pass to reach the next age and stage, but truly each developmental step has its own joys that should be savoured.

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Meet Anne Conway (she/her)
Director of Communications

The great thing about comms in schools is we tend to have the privilege of seeing the big picture: we get to know and work with everyone and see everything that is going on throughout the whole school. So comms can really help enact a school's mission and showcase what our students and teachers are creating here every day.

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Meet Naim Abdul-Malik
Athletic Director

I love hearing stories about former student athletes’ experiences, how many life lessons were taught while roaming the halls of Packer. I look forward to creating my own memories during my time here.

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Meet Annie Wedekind
English and History Teacher

I find particularly sharp joy in supporting a student grappling with something personally challenging — whether it's digging into sources for an essay on Ancient Egypt, nerving themselves to perform in a Greek play, or pushing through doubt to finally see themselves as a poet — and then applauding when they've conquered that mountain.

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Meet Liana Frasca
Communications Specialist

My favorite part of my job is when I get to sit down with students and listen to them talk about their experience at Packer. Our new Student Team for Diversity and Equity in Communications (S-DEC) is the Communications Office's opportunity to discuss what equity looks like through the lens of Packer students.

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Meet Mario Garcia
Science Teacher

On day one of class, I had several students thank me for the day’s lesson as they exited the classroom. The simple gesture completely caught me off-guard. In my 8 years teaching, I had never been thanked by students for teaching them. It is honestly something I will always remember and a great way to start day one at Packer. 

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Meet Shane Cappuccio
English Teacher

I try to teach students how to approach and manage their workload in way that works for them. I routinely give students options about the content they explore and the order in which they explore it. The big lesson there is that, once we are out of school, we have a lot of control about how we explore our passions, and I want my students to be prepared for life long learning.

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Meet Yves Kabore
Head of Middle School

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We're better when we work together. Better outcomes, more brain power, collaboration. You want to go far, you have to get the right group of people together to accomplish great things.

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Meet Kerry Kline
Science Department Chair, AT Biology Teacher

The Science Department [at Packer] is a group who is passionate about students, science, and lifelong learning. We are a group of people excited about the natural world and what t has to teach us. We want our students to experience it for themselves, and we love finding ways to help them do it.

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Meet Miya Yamada
PS + LS Counselor and Health Educator

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!

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