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#KnowYourPelicans: Vidya Misra
Posted 01/26/2018 10:33AM

Know Your Pelicans - Vidya Misra


#KnowYourPelicans: Vidya Misra

Middle School History Teacher


What do you teach? What is one of your favorite parts of the curriculum?

I teach 7th and 8th Grade American History. My favorite time period to explore with my students is Reconstruction, the 12-year period following the Civil War in which the United States attempted to figure out how to recover, or not, from a brutal war and a long history of slavery. Questions about freedom, democracy, civil rights, and social equality were at the forefront of national politics then and are equally important now. I really enjoy hearing students wrestle with these questions each year.

Tell us about a specific time you found your job especially rewarding.

It is always rewarding when my students speak knowledgeably and passionately! Students in my 7th Grade classes debated the purpose of government during their mock Continental Congress. And, in my 8th Grade classes, students shared their research and ideas for combating global warming with one another and members of the Packer community. I learned about the mechanics of divestment from fossil fuel companies, new carbon-capture and -storage machines, and the cost of biodegradable sporks!

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

I have lived, studied, or taught in six different countries on four different continents!

If you were to have an inspirational fridge magnet (and we're not saying you would), what would it say and why?

"You WHALE succeed!" I actually have this magnet in my classroom. I absolutely love whales of all varieties. What better inspiration is there than a 33-ton, air-breathing mammal who can independently propel her body out of water and sing to other whales miles away?






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

Instrumental Music Teacher Jeremy Udden

Food Services Team Member Shanique Hollis


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