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#KnowYourPelicans: Sandra Fahy
Posted 04/16/2018 05:26PM

Know Your Pelicans - Sandra Fahy


#KnowYourPelicans: Sandra Fahy

Upper School History Teacher


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

I teach 9th Grade Foundations of World History, and several junior and senior electives, including Cultural Anthropology; Scientific and Historical Origins of Race and Gender; History of the Modern Middle East; and Genocide in the Modern World. I love teaching all of my electives, but I think I like Cultural Anthropology the most. This is partly because it's my background, but I also enjoy seeing students respond to a new disciplinary approach to studying the world. I love, too, reading their final projects, which are mini-ethnographic research projects on some aspect of New York City. Over the years, they've studied musicians in the subway, skateboarders' use of the built environment, and a fire station in Coney Island, among other topics. These projects can be really interesting.

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

I hope that they learn a little about perseverance and resilience when they experience setbacks or disappointments, and to realize that these disappointments aren't the end of the world. Instead, they're often the way we grow. Life is not always going to go the way we hope or want, but we usually come out ahead if we can learn from the lessons life gives us.

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

Not many people knew prior to my lecture that I was a child of the military or that I had lived in ten places by the time I was eighteen. But people also don't realize that growing up in the military was so much more than the constant moves. It also meant that my dad was regularly "on deployment" for six-month periods, and as a result, he missed many of the milestones of my childhood, including my high school graduation. Sometimes, we didn't even know where in the world he was because we couldn't know for security reasons. And these were the days before email. But this was our normal, and we never thought twice about it.

If you were to have an inspirational fridge magnet (and we're not saying you would), what would it say and why?

I actually have a fridge magnet that says, "It is what it is." It's a phrase my mom always says, and it's a good reminder to worry only about the things in life over which I have control.




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


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