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#KnowYourPelicans: Kate Meyer
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Know Your Pelicans - Kate Meyer


#KnowYourPelicans: Kate Meyer

Middle School History Teacher


What do you teach? What is one of your favorite parts of the curriculum?

I teach Middle School US History. I enjoy trying to bring in the history of the common person. I feel that social history allows us to appreciate authentic voices of people not always included in textbooks. A Bill Broonzy blues song can tell you an awful lot about what it was like to live in the Mississippi Delta.

Besides your subject, what's something you hope to teach your students?

I hope students leave my classroom with an understanding of the value of resilience, humility, kindness, and humor. The human experience can be a difficult one at times. People don't always treat you the way you would like, and sometimes you get hit hard by circumstances. You have to be able to laugh, have perspective, and hopefully lighten others' burdens just a bit.

What's one thing you love about your colleagues?

My colleagues are really talented educators, and my students are some of the finest kids I've ever worked with. One of the reasons I applied to come to Packer was to continue to be challenged in my teaching, and as a person. Both things have happened because of the people I spend my days with in this venerable building.

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

I think a good superpower would be the ability to time travel. It would be very useful in my line of work; we could have a Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in my classroom daily. Scarily, Bill and Ted are ancient history.




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

Head of School Dr. Bruce L. Dennis

Dance Teacher Mandy Stallings

Physical Education Department Head Pippa Mayell

Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions & Financial Aid Sheila Bogan

Directory of Diversity and Equity Semeka Smith-Williams

Upper School History Teacher Sandra Fahy

Director of Alumni Dona Laughlin

Accounts Payable and Purchasing Manager Akeem Layne '05