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#KnowYourPelicans: Bruce L. Dennis
#KnowYourPelicans: Bruce L. Dennis
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Know Your Pelicans - Bruce Dennis


#KnowYourPelicans: Bruce L. Dennis

Head of School


As the Head of School, what do you do for Packer?

I provide overall leadership for the School, supervising the three Division Heads and a number of other key staff members. An important part of my work is ensuring that every aspect of Packer is functioning at the highest possible level, so that we are able to provide the best possible educational experience for all of our students.

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

I play tennis every weekend and enjoy spending time at the gym. Going to movies and theater with my wife are my favorite social pastimes. I also have a strong interest in professional comedy, something that I share with my grown son, who is stand-up comedian.

What's one thing you love about your Packer colleagues?

I love my colleagues' dedication and commitment to their students. I am constantly impressed by the faculty and staff's work ethic and their high level of engagement with our students — and this is equally true in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. This contributes to the strong relationships that exist at Packer, which I continue to believe is one of our School's most significant, defining attributes.

What is your favorite space in the building?

My favorite space in the building is the Chapel because it emanates a sense of history from its walls and represents to me, in a way no other part of the School does, that we are part of something larger than ourselves and more important than just this moment in time. When I speak to Packer alums, the Chapel is the one spot they all remember most fondly, and today, still, it is the space in which students often gather for a variety of activities that enrich our community. I just wish it were air conditioned!


Photo by Raoul Brown.



Previous Pelicans:

Kindergarten Teacher Anne Montero

Upper School Science Teacher Alice Lurain

World Languages Teacher Su-Ling Huang

Upper School Art Teacher Eric Baylin

Preschool Teacher Lynnette Arthur

Middle School English Teacher Todd Johnson

Physical Education Teacher and Coach Rich Domanico

Food Services Member Ann Martinez

Lower School Librarian Chris Rush

Upper School Computer Science Teacher Louis Minsky '09

Upper School History Teacher Monika Johnston

First Grade Teacher Irene Turner

Interim Chair of the Arts Department Ali Boag

Middle School Dean of Student Life and Health Teacher Bessie Oster

Fourth Grade Teacher Tim Jensen

Middle School Math Teacher Ashley Greene

Upper School Choral Director Esther Liu Harris

Upper School English Teacher Eric Weisberg

Facilities Staff Member Luciean Seaforth

Director of Global Outreach, Service, and Sustainability Tené Adero Howard '91

Administrative Assistant for Student Services, College Counseling Lydia Monzio

Lower School Associate Teacher Annabelle Baylin

Middle School Administrative Assistant César Ayala

Instrumental Music Coordinator Paul Riggio

Second Grade Teacher Sara Baumrin

The Development Office

Pre and Lower School Music Teacher Fran Onne-Fong

Physical Education and Health Teacher Dorothy Gurreri

Latin Teacher Tim Flannery

Hallmaster Louis Rios

Security Team Member Nick Griffith

Third Grade Head Teacher Joanna Stern

Middle School Math Teacher Colin Levitt

Upper School Science Teacher Lutz Holzinger

Pre and Lower School Admissions Coordinator Yvonne Menard

Upper School History Teacher George Snook

Dance Teacher Alicia White

Middle School Science Teacher Stephanie Rapciak

Library Department Chair Andrew Parson

Pre and Lower School Assistant Head Joe McCauley

Spanish Teacher Dallas Rico

Permanent Substitute Teacher Rita Pavia

Instrumental Music Teacher Jeremy Udden

Food Services Team Member Shanique Hollis

Middle School History Teacher Vidya Misra