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56. Barbara Talbott (LGB 1970)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi 30 octobre 2014
Barbara Talbott1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I was at Ecolint from 1966-69, graduating after 12th grade.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father’s job with Caterpillar Tractor transferred us to Geneva.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
There were several in the maths and sciences: Mr. Cooper, Mr. Atkinson, and Mr. Dunt. I went on to study math at university and admit to being a bit of a nerd. I think these teachers helped me form the logical approach to problem solving that has served me well in business and life. Then there was Mme. Wend for French. I was scared of her as my French was meagre, but she taught me to persevere and succeed.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The courtyard outside the main LGB building where we met at breaks. I admit to having a picture seated on a window sill with my boyfriend stealing a kiss.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The beauty of Switzerland is immense: Lac Léman for sailing, Zermatt for skiing, and the Salève for viewing the lights of Geneva.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am retired after 30 years with IBM where I had many positions in sales, management, consulting, and operations. I live in Atlanta, Georgia where I have two children: one is a clinical assistant in a psychiatric hospital and the other is in her fourth year as an electrical engineering major at Georgia Tech.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Continue to instill the need to listen to and learn from people of all backgrounds and cultures. We can succeed only if we try to understand each other and work together.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Learn all you can from your teachers and other students. Most of all have fun as Ecolint is a special place that you probably will never experience again in your adult life.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Ecolint provided me with a superior education. We were the guinea pigs for the IB in the late ‘60s. Clearly Ecolint was far ahead in secondary education at that time. Ecolint also taught me a whole new level of acceptance and tolerance that has served me well.

 


 

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