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#KnowYourPelicans: Annabelle Baylin '09
Posted 04/14/2017 11:00AM

Know Your Pelicans - Annabelle Baylin

#KnowYourPelicans: Annabelle Baylin '09

Lower School Associate Teacher

What is your favorite thing about Packer?

The community! I love that so many people come to Packer and stay — it feels like family. So many of the people who were my teachers are now my colleagues — it's a very warm and loving place.

Describe a favorite or memorable moment during your time at Packer.

I love when a single moment of curiosity sparks a class-wide inquiry. There have been a number of these moments this year. For example, when one child suggested we make puppets, it launched a month of puppet-making, culminating in a hilarious immersive performance of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, complete with TSA-style security scanners on the way into the "theater" and "ticket masters" selling paper tickets!

Name a book/artwork/piece of music that changed your life and explain how.

Radiohead's OK Computer album is still probably my favorite collection of songs ever. When I discovered it as a young teen, something about the melancholy tone and incomprehensible lyrics really pulled at my heartstrings, and still does. There's a longing in it that really resonates with me, and I haven't found anything else quite like it in any other mainstream music. I used to play it on repeat with my friends and family on long car rides and drive them crazy!

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

I love to sing and play Indian music, and have studied many different Sanskrit texts, Hindi chants, and songs in Hindi, Urdu, and Marathi. I also composed and performed a qawwali, a form of ecstatic Sufi music, at NYU.

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

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