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Diana Smith (Rue Schaub, LGB, Mies, La Chât, Nations 1970-2010)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi, 12 mars 2015

 Diana Smith   Diana Smith

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I was a Class 1 and 2 teacher from 1970 to 1979 at the Lycée des Nations, (which became part of the Foundation in 1975); I then taught from 1979 to 1997 at LGB primary school. From 1997 to 1999 I took leave to be the Principal of the International School of Monaco.

On returning to Geneva, I became the Principal of the newly opened Mies Campus (an annexe of La Châtaigneraie) from 1999 to 2005. I then moved up to La Châtaigneraie, where I was Principal of the Primary School from 2005 to 2009. My last year at Ecolint was Principal of the Primary School at the Campus des Nations – 2009 to 2010.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I still live in Geneva – where I love to spend time with my grandchildren.

After leaving Ecolint, I went to India for nearly two years, where I helped to open a new Academy for the Aga Khan Network – I was also Principal of the Academy for a full school year after opening. I was so blessed to be able to have this fascinating experience. In Geneva, I am Vice-President of ‘Friends of India’, a small charity that does fantastic work especially for women and children in the state of Tamil Nadu. We opened a new school in Tirunelveli last summer. I was lucky to visit again in recent weeks to work with the teachers and children. (For more information, please visit

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
There are so many!! I was lucky to work in several campuses with terrific colleagues and wonderful students. I think the strongest memories come from the social occasions such as open days for parents; seasonal celebrations; Hallowe’en at the Mies campus; graduations; field trips; special assemblies; dramatic and musical presentations; sports days ... so many great times when we all got together!!

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I am lucky to see many of my former colleagues from all the different decades of my life in Ecolint. Reunion dinners, get-togethers or just Sunday teatime. I have been able to keep in touch with quite a few former students – mainly at Christmas – and now Facebook seems to be a great way to reconnect. I am so happy and proud to have been a part of the Ecolint team for forty years.

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