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#KnowYourPelicans: Pippa Mayell
Posted 02/16/2018 11:23AM

Know Your Pelicans - Pippa Mayell

#KnowYourPelicans: Pippa Mayell

Physical Education Department Head

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

I teach Physical Education K-12. I really enjoy teaching the Project Adventure activities in our Middle and Upper School PE curriculum. It's a chance to change the pace of the class, and bring some outdoor, adventure based challenges inside. These activities require cooperation, communication, patience, and risk-taking. They provide a great opportunity for a range of students to shine, and flex their leadership muscles in a variety of different ways.

Tell us about a time you learned something from our students.

I think it's important as teachers to remember what it's like to be a student. Every time I find myself facing a new challenge, whether it's a new role or just a new physical activity, taking on something that is unfamiliar can be both exciting and unnerving. I remind myself that students probably feel like this every day.

What's one thing you love about your colleagues?

One of the greatest things about working at Packer is the opportunity to learn from colleagues. The energy, the enthusiasm, and the dedication to be found across all disciplines and divisions are inspiring!

What is your favorite space at Packer?

My favorite space is probably outside the building — the Garden. Even though I'm surrounded by students all day, if I need a moment to reset or recharge, or if I realize that I haven't looked outside all day, I head to the Garden and watch the Lower School kids having fun. The energy and the joy are infectious!

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

Middle School History Teacher Vidya Misra

Head of School Dr. Bruce L. Dennis

Dance Teacher Mandy Stallings

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170 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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