#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.
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 AyalaInstrumental 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