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#KnowYourPelicans: Yvonne Menard
Posted 10/20/2017 11:46AM

Know Your Pelicans - Yvonne Menard

#KnowYourPelicans: Yvonne Menard

Pre and Lower School Admissions Coordinator

What is your favorite thing about Packer?

My favorite things about Packer are our vibrant community and our commitment to diversity. And most of all, our intensely dedicated faculty members, who pursue innovative teaching methods to develop open-minded critical thinkers and who deeply engage with our students so they can discover their true potential. My daughter has been at Packer since Kindergarten and is currently in 9th Grade, and as a parent, I couldn't wish for anything better.

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

I have a memorable moment every day when I watch such happy students walking through our hallways. A true testament to the "joy of learning!"

Name a work of art, literature, or music that changed your life and explain how.

Music, art, and literature play a very important role in my life, but in retrospect there are a few works that have had a huge impact in my life and left an indelible mark in shaping the person I am today. The music of Nina Simone, the artwork of Anselm Kiefer, and the writings of William Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gabriel García Márquez, and Arundhati Roy. My deep connections with these narratives made me feel that I belonged to the world and aided me in furthering my understanding of human nature.

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

Before I was a teacher of English and Spanish as a second language, I was an artist. I earned my Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts in New York City and mainly worked as a mixed-media sculptor.

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

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