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New Leaders Join the Community
Posted 09/02/2016 02:25PM

New Leaders Join the Community

Elizabeth Hastings
Elizabeth Hastings
Kofi Donnelly
Kofi Donnelly
Greg O'Connell
Paul McElfresh

Elizabeth Hastings is Packer's new Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean. She was most recently the middle school director at the Blake School in Minneapolis, MN, a position she held for the last six years, having served as Blake's assistant director of middle school from 2007 to 2010. Before moving to Minnesota, she worked as the director of studies at Allen Academy in Bryan, TX; a lecturer at Texas A&M University; and an elementary and middle school teacher. Elizabeth earned her bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University in interdisciplinary studies and her master's in curriculum and instruction at National-Louis University in Germany.

"For me, the most rewarding element in this profession is to be a part of the ever-evolving creation of an outstanding and authentic learning experience shared with talented educators, students, and families," she said. "I look forward to joining the Packer community"

Ms. Hastings is an educator "with a single-minded focus on what is best for children," said Dr. Bruce L. Dennis. "She has extensive experience in curriculum design, in coaching and supporting faculty, and in inspiring others to do their best work on behalf of student learning."

Kofi Donnelly is Packer's new Science Department Chair. He began his teaching career in 2003 as the science department chair at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan, where he taught physics, mathematics, and coding. He looks forward to working with Packer's "engaged, thoughtful, and focused" students. "It was clear that they were excited about learning," he said.

Paul McElfresh has joined Packer's faculty as the new 7th and 8th Grade Dean. He previously served as a 5th Grade core and math teacher and team leader at the Dalton School on the Upper East Side. After visiting campus this spring, Paul remarked that he was "inspired by the community's deep investment in each student and its commitment to laying pathways to success."

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