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#KnowYourPelicans: Dallas Rico
Posted 12/08/2017 02:31PM

Know Your Pelicans - Dallas Rico

#KnowYourPelicans: Dallas Rico

Spanish Teacher

What is your favorite thing about Packer?

I like the diversity of the student body. I've had students whose families are from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Senegal, India, Egypt, and many other countries. I believe that diversity enhances the educational experiences of everyone involved because we learn about each other's backgrounds and perspectives.

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

Last Spring, my Spanish 2 students had to create advertising campaigns for an app they made up. I was deeply impressed with the thoughtfulness and creativity of their app ideas. They went all-out in their presentations too, designing their own logos and shooting commercials.

Name a work of art, literature, music, or film that you hold dear and explain its influence on you.

The most impactful moment in literature for me comes from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. In it, Harry faces a group of dementors but waits for his father to come in and save him. At the last minute, he realizes he has to save himself. It made me see that sometimes you have to pull that inner strength from yourself and not rely on others in order to face personal challenges like anxiety, depression, and self-doubt, which I believe the dementors personify.

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

I'm an up-and-coming geek fashion model. (For the uninformed, geek fashion includes clothing that references pop culture, like comic books and video games.) I'm also passionate about one day producing the first major TV show with a gay black protagonist on a streaming network like Netflix. I graduated with a degree in film from the University of Texas but felt discouraged from pursuing a career in entertainment. At the time, I saw few queer or people of color in the field. Things have changed since then. I believe now is the time for our voices to be heard and our stories to be told in this Golden Age of TV.

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

Pre and Lower School Admissions Coordinator Yvonne Menard

Upper School History Teacher George Snook

Dance Teacher Alicia White

Middle School Science Teacher Stephanie Rapciak

Library Department Chair Andrew Parson

Pre and Lower School Assistant Head Joe McCauley

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