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Ted Weldon (Pregny-Rigot 1974-2004)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi 26 août 2015
Updated: mardi 25 août 2015

 Ted Weldon   Ted Weldon

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I came to Switzerland in 1974 having previously spent a few years teaching at a British Army school in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. I taught Class 2 in Pregny for twenty-four years, before switching to Primary Reception in 1998. I taught until 2001 when my wife Keeney died. After a couple of years of unpaid leave I decided not to go back to teaching again and officially retired in 2004.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I still live in our house in the village of Vich, close to Gland. I also have an apartment in Les Diablerets, which I try to visit regularly, but it can be a bit of a chore getting up there. I had a serious illness a few years ago, but I'm doing okay now. I still miss Keeney greatly - I talk to her every day.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
I loved the children. The Primary Reception classes gave me so much joy, and really were what got me through Keeney's illness.

When I taught Class 2 in Pregny, I remember we had a sink in the classroom that gurgled from time to time. I used to tell the kids about the sink monster. They weren't convinced about Father Christmas but they fully believed in the sink monster! A few parents complained to the Principal: they were grateful for the stories and the fantasy but said some of the children were frightened of the sink monster. I reassured them, saying that the kids knew the sink monster was a coward and they just needed to bang on the sink and say "We're not afraid of you"!

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I am in touch with many former colleagues, who are very important to me. I am in correspondence with one former student who I taught in Pregny around 1976/77. Sometimes at school meetings former students come up to me and, while I may not remember the faces, when I hear their names I always remember them immediately.

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Ted's wife Kathleen "Keeney" Weldon also taught Class 2 at Pregny before going on to teach in the Primary School at La Châtaigneraie until her death in 2001. The library in the new Primary School building at La Châtaigneraie was named in her honour, with a plaque by the door displaying a letter from Ted that tells students and visitors more about Keeney. (If you would like to get in touch with Ted Weldon, please contact the Alumni Office.)

 

 

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