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Luanne Samuel (LGB & Foundation 1987-2000)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi 18 février 2015

 Luanne Samuel   Luanne Samuel

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I began my work at the LGB campus in late 1987 working part-time in the Guidance Office with Mr Thomas, Mr Shade, and Ms Setna. After three years I became the Purchasing Officer for the Foundation and then, in 1994, George Walker asked me to take on the new role of Coordinator of External Relations for the Foundation. It was with great pleasure that I stepped into that position working with the Alumni Association, the city of Geneva Departement d’Economie Publique, all the campuses, and the celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary, which was the first time those lovely flags flew on the bridge! We moved to Boston in late 2000, but three of my children attended LGB and my son, Christopher, still lives in Geneva just across from the school and the Auberge “de la poste”. In a sense, I still work for the school as I am President of the Board of Trustees of the Ecolint-American Foundation!

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
After multiple moves and positions, including Global Major Gifts Officer for the IB (based in Bethesda, MD), I am now happily settled in a Montessori/IB School in Dallas TX, helping with fundraising as we expand our programme to include an IB Upper School complete with an Innovation Studio and a Social Entrepreneurship “business incubator” programme. Exciting times!

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
I loved Geneva and my time at the school. We made many wonderful friends from all nationalities and I was very grateful that my children were brought up in such a unique educational environment. Strong memories of the first Iraq war and having some IB DP students stuck in Kuwait, implementing the security needed on campus, the kids’ awareness of that conflict on a very personal level. That and the whole 75th year marking such an interesting history of this complex institution.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
Very much! I’ve been back to visit a number of times and thank goodness for Facebook! My children are also in touch with many of their friends from that time and, having lived in five countries, are quite the global nomads that represent so much of the student body.

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