#KnowYourPelicans: Pippa Mayell
Physical Education Department Head
What do you teach? What is one of your favorite parts of the curriculum?
I teach Physical Education K-12. I really enjoy teaching the Project Adventure activities in our Middle and Upper School PE curriculum. It's a chance to change the pace of the class, and bring some outdoor, adventure based challenges inside. These activities require cooperation, communication, patience, and risk-taking. They provide a great opportunity for a range of students to shine, and flex their leadership muscles in a variety of different ways.
Tell us about a time you learned something from our students.
I think it's important as teachers to remember what it's like to be a student. Every time I find myself facing a new challenge, whether it's a new role or just a new physical activity, taking on something that is unfamiliar can be both exciting and unnerving. I remind myself that students probably feel like this every day.
What's one thing you love about your colleagues?
One of the greatest things about working at Packer is the opportunity to learn from colleagues. The energy, the enthusiasm, and the dedication to be found across all disciplines and divisions are inspiring!
What is your favorite space at Packer?
My favorite space is probably outside the building — the Garden. Even though I'm surrounded by students all day, if I need a moment to reset or recharge, or if I realize that I haven't looked outside all day, I head to the Garden and watch the Lower School kids having fun. The energy and the joy are infectious!
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 AyalaInstrumental 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
Head of School Dr. Bruce L. Dennis
Dance Teacher Mandy Stallings