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#KnowYourPelicans: Jeremy Udden
Posted 12/22/2017 11:13AM

Know Your Pelicans - Jeremy Udden

#KnowYourPelicans: Jeremy Udden

Instrumental Music Teacher

What is your favorite thing about Packer?

Being equally inspired by my students and my colleagues. My students never cease to amaze me — the way they look at a problem or find a solution in a way that I could never have anticipated. Their creativity drives me.

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

A moment on the 2015 Jazz Band trip to New Orleans: We visited a high school and engaged in a musical share with their music program. At one point the NOLA kids taught our kids a New Orleans march aurally by playing it along with us — then one by one, they dropped out until only the Packer kids were playing their hearts out on this tune they had just learned a minute ago. It was a true party — ending with an authentic home-cooked New Orleans meal in the bandroom. It brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful!

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

Sort of hilarious, but the movie Back to the Future is probably the reason I started playing the saxophone and started skateboarding back in the late 80s. Both pursuits led me to discover art, literature, music, and other ideas that opened up my world. Being from such a small town in Massachusetts, I might not have ever discovered these things. As a musician I moved to Boston and then New York, and I have been lucky enough to travel the world playing concerts. As a music student at the New England Conservatory, I also discovered my passion for education.

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

I'm working on my terrible dad jokes every day!

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

Spanish Teacher Dallas Rico

Permanent Substitute Teacher Rita Pavia

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