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#KnowYourPelicans: Patrick Kieffer
#KnowYourPelicans: Patrick Kieffer
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Know Your Pelicans - Patrick Kieffer


#KnowYourPelicans: Patrick Kieffer

Middle School Core Teacher


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

I teach English and history in the 5th Grade. My favorite part of the work is being able to move between conversations about history and society and conversations about language and mythology. It's all connected, and as a teacher of both subjects, I have the unique opportunity to explore those connections with my kids.

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

I try to teach productive, positive skepticism. Whether we're discussing bias in a primary source document or an author's intent in a novel, I like to remind my kids to consider context and to always be looking for the unseen factors at play. Oh, and also, how to laugh at yourself. That's a big one, and I model it every chance I get.

What's one thing you love about your colleagues?

Whenever I brag about Packer, which is something I do often, I start with my colleagues. They never take shortcuts. Everyone works hard to engage fully with our students and they're always looking to improve their practice and their kids' experiences. And if they do complain, it's only about things that get in the way of their work. I really admire and appreciate that about this community.

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

Oh, that's easy! I would be able to talk to dogs. Obvi.






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

Middle School History Teacher Kate Meyer

Maintenance Team Member Patrick Sandiford

Fourth Grade Teacher Jonathan Farmer