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19. Marguerite (Margo) Malakoff (LGB 1978)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi, 15 septembre 2014
Margo Malakoff1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
1971 - 1978.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father worked for WHO.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?

Although, she was not my teacher, I think that Ms. Doris Rushton had the greatest impact on me. I was a volunteer in her class in 12th grade. She was a master teacher and influenced the way I thought about children, and also how I approached education as a researcher.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?

“Senior Lawn” (now replaced by the cafeteria).  Nice place to relax and people watch. Used to make daisy chains to pass the time.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The Alps.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
After Ecolint, I went to the US for college, graduate school, and postdoc. Over the next decade, I taught at two colleges, ultimately becoming an associate professor, with a Fellowship at NIH along the way. I had a commuting marriage but when my son came along at the age of 42, I resigned from my job and switched coasts (East back to West) to rejoin my spouse. I am currently at home near Los Angeles, and have recently joined the ranks of home-schoolers.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
In a world of growing nationalism and intolerance, I think Ecolint’s top priority should be to continue to form citizens of the world – young people who feel kinship with people from many nationalities, are aware of the arbitrariness of borders, and can overcome the divisiveness that comes from national borders and religious intolerance.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
You will not understand the value of your education for many years.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Perhaps the biggest is that education involves far more than teachers and teaching. The quality of the education I received at Ecolint had much more to do with the community and the activities (supporting schools in 3rd world nations, visiting dignitaries, multi-national student body, rich arts programme) than it did with coursework. This has very much coloured my view of education as I educate my own child.  I do not look for the school with the highest test scores or the greatest homework load, but rather an education will allow time for extracurricular activities in the arts and exposure to a diversity of ideas and cultures.



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