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Shirley (Hainsworth) Curran (LGB & La Chât 1969-2007+)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 17 février 2015

 Shirley (Hainsworth) Curran   Shirley (Hainsworth) Curran

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I taught English at La Grande Boissière in both the French and English programmes, from 1969 to 1974. During those years I helped Ben Holden train the ski teams. I then taught English at La Châtaigneraie from 1984 to 2007 when I originally retired. I was asked to return and teach IB French for half a year a couple of years after that and again, to cover a Higher Level IB English class for its final two terms from 2012 to 2013. For many years I organised the Grade Nine Camargue field week, and for a few years also organised the Grade 11 mountain week at La Pointe de Nyon.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live with my husband in Echenevex at the foot of the Jura mountains. We ski almost every day in winter (I have a Swiss moniteur qualification). We play golf and travel in summer (one son, ex-Ecolint, now lives in California with his family and works for Apple, we spend a month with him; the other and his partner work for the UK government and live in London). I compile cryptic crosswords in my spare time for a range of British newspapers (Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Farmers Guardian) and magazines.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The lovely classroom atmosphere and strong rapport with colleagues and students. In all my years at the schools, I can think of only two classes that caused me stress (out of perhaps 130 classes taught over those years!). Teaching at the International School was actually a pleasure - I meet very few retired British teachers who could say that of their experiences.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
The students stay in touch and I love hearing their news. We've been to the weddings of some very special ones and regularly catch up on Facebook. We spend a couple of weeks every year on holiday with ex-colleagues and meet some regularly. The retirees' letter at La Chât keeps us up to date with news.

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