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#KnowYourPelicans: Irene Turner
Posted 01/20/2017 09:00AM

Know Your Pelicans - Irene Turner

#KnowYourPelicans: Irene Turner

What is your favorite thing about Packer?

I love working in a PreK to 12 school where I have the opportunity to see my former students grow and develop into such caring, reflective, open, and confident individuals. I have now been at Packer long enough to teach the children of some of my former students, which is an incredible privilege. I treasure the continuity and deep sense of community that I experience at Packer on a daily basis.

Describe a favorite or memorable moment in your classroom at Packer.

In the course of more than 30 years at Packer, I have many fond memories, from a classroom visit by author and former parent Paul Auster, to our collective response to 9/11, to our surreptitious capture of a mouse in a humane Havahart trap.

One of my favorite memories, however, is a recent one. I have been reading The Trumpet of the Swan during lunch to my first graders for many years, which they love. Last year, just as we finished the book, my worn-out copy literally fell apart. Not soon after, one of the students presented me with her brand new copy. She wanted to make sure that I would continue to read The Trumpet of the Swan to "new" first graders.

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

I love to cook for family and friends and always look forward to summer vacation when I can tend my vegetable garden and flowerbeds. Oh... and I enjoy a good cocktail.

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

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