Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Former Staff: Then & Now
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   

 

View all (34) posts »
 

Elizabeth Knight (LGB 1961-1996)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 17 février 2015

 Elizabeth Knight   Elizabeth Knight

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
With my husband Michael Knight, I worked at the International School of Geneva from 1961 to 1996, first as an English teacher, then as an English and Drama teacher in the Secondary school. I was in the English Department when the International Baccalaureate was created. With Rod Price, I founded the first Drama Workshop funded by Mrs Pauling, mother of Ramona, one of my students.

When the Middle school was formed, I was appointed, with several of my Secondary school colleagues, as a Subject Leader. Later I returned to the Secondary school to resume my teaching of IB English, but retained some of my teaching in the Middle school. My husband and I were sent on a teacher exchange to Webb School in California in 1962-1963 and we travelled round the world on our return journey.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in the village of Puplinge, near Geneva, where my children, Matthew and Emma Knight, were raised. Both are alumni and live in the USA. Matthew is a computer scientist working in Manhattan; Emma is a teacher. In June 2016 she will resume her life in Geneva with her twin girls who will attend Ecolint.

I have travelled widely, but now I write children's fiction for 8-12 year old children. To do this I took courses. My teaching helped me to write but it was not enough to make me thoroughly professional. My first novel, The Skull, was published in 2014. I am still looking for a publisher for my second book, The Boy With the Flute and I write for the English magazine Aquila. My website is www.eknightbooks.com. When I promote my writing in schools in England and Switzerland, I do it through drama, of course. Some of my audiences number one hundred students, so I still keep on my teaching toes. I also haunt the Middle school library, where I once recommended books to students, for access to children's literature. It's a writer's lifeline.

I have been richly endowed with good health, a wonderful marriage and family, close friends, abundant energy and a career in an unique school. A privileged life! Once an old man in India told me that I had seen a lot of things in my life. That is true. I like to think that he saw my life in my face, but he was probably trying to sell me cosmetic oil for my wrinkles.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
My memories go back a long way so I must list only those which leap to mind.
Being registered as a gardener at Ecolint in 1961, in order to obtain a permis de séjour.
Working miracles in crumbling classrooms.
Arguing with with the French Side, when there was one. It was an on-going entertainment for both sides.
Wandering round in the rain with drama classes because there was nowhere to go. Sometimes we fought for space in the cafeteria with the formidable manageress, Mme Poirasse. Men balancing trays walked through our lessons.
Journeying twice to Soviet Russia before "glasnost" with Royston and Mary Brunst and eighty students. Someone tried to buy my boots!
Escalade parties where we threw buns at the deeply respected Russian, Mlle Hartogg: we invaded the old music room, after the feast, to play all the instruments, led by Bob Shade on the trombone.
Being afraid of Mme Elizabeth Briquet, Head of English and the Senior Division, who banged the teapot for attention at Break in the old staffroom. Mme Wend, knitting in a corner, took a laconic view. Sometimes film stars wandered in. No one noticed.
Cooking up a fondue in the English office with colleagues and setting off the fire alarm. Boots and helmets appeared.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
 I believe that one has to start a new life when one retires. I have had many lives in my one life. So I do not keep in regular touch with either, apart from a few exceptions. I like to hear about them; they keep me in mind, no doubt, in memory. I marvel at those who became famous, like Bobby Rae, and love those who did not, like me.

 

 

(From the LGB Yearbook 1967.)

 

(Sign in to access Elizabeth's email address.)

 


 

>> Index

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
 
Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal