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Catching up with teachers and other staff that have retired or moved on from the International School of Geneva. Rattraper avec les enseignants et autres collaborateurs qui ont pris leur retraite ou quitté l'Ecole Internationale de Genève.

 

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Eric Anthony (LGB 1963-1997)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 24 février 2015

 Eric Anthony   Eric Anthony

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
1963 – 1997 Chemistry Teacher and Department Head
1965 – 1982 Boarding House Supervisor

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Sue and I are living in a very rural area close to Romenay, South Burgundy. We are kept very busy looking after a farmhouse, a lot of land, and caring for a bunch of lively Labradors. Occasional breeding of puppies, and many trips to dog shows throughout Europe.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The good fortune I had to meet a wonderful international student body, both in my Chemistry classes and in the Boarding House. I hope I gave them something – they certainly gave me a great deal! I was equally fortunate to work with so many teaching colleagues who set the highest professional standards. I also very much enjoyed my participation in the development of the Chemistry programmes of the International Baccalaureate.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues
Thanks to Alumni Reunions, the Alumni website and Facebook groups, Sue and I are in frequent contact with alumni, and we have had visits out here on many occasions. We are also in regular contact with many former colleagues, and meet up with them on a regular basis.

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Sue (Hearn) Anthony (Foundation & LGB 1959-2006)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 24 février 2015

 Sue Anthony   Sue Anthony

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
From 1959 to 2006 I worked for many years in the School Administration, principally for the Alumni Association and from 1965 to 1982 I was helping Eric in running a section of the Boarding House. For a few years during this time I worked in other organisations in Geneva.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live, with my husband Eric and six labradors, in a renovated farmhouse in Romenay, South Burgundy, France. Eric and I are extremely busy with our daily routine of caring for our dogs and also the house and grounds. We also enjoy travelling to many different countries for dog shows. We have a very good social life with the locals, be it French or many other nationalities. We also keep up with our friends in the Geneva area including a number of former staff and parents of the School.

Our greatest joy is the regular visits of our two sons and our granddaughters. We also have large families in the UK whom we see regularly.

My two main recreational activities now, that I do without Eric, are swimming regularly and attending art classes, both of which I have pursued since leaving the UK.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The school has been an integral part of my life over many years and for many reasons. My father taught Physics and Maths at the school until his premature death in 1962. Following that, my mother, Mrs Grace Hearn, served for many years in the Library and in the Boarding House (1962-1982). Our two sons had their complete school education at Ecolint from kindergarten until Class 13. Eric and I spent a long time at Ecolint as well!

In consequence, we have so many happy memories of our relationship with students, parents and colleagues.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Alumni Office and now try and keep up with as many alumni as possible and am fascinated to have news on how their lives are turning out. I really appreciate having contact with alumni, former staff members and parents of former students.

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Mary Winskill Roosevelt (La Gradelle 1963-68)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 24 février 2015

 Mary Roosevelt   Mary Roosevelt

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I worked at La Gradelle form 1963- 1968. I taught first and second grade. (A detailed account of Mary Roosevelt's time at Ecolint is due to appear in the Summer 2015 edition of echo magazine.)

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in Southern California. I am helping to raise my four grandchildren. I am happily retired form the University of California, Irvine, where I was the Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program. I am still involved with many schools and universities around the world. I travel to Europe every year, and enjoy visiting with former Ecolint colleagues

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The wonderful students, their families, and the camaraderie amongst the faculty. Of course I welcomed the opportunity to explore Switzerland and the surrounding countries. I appreciated the opportunity to be part of a team that created the original International Primary School Curriculum.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
Former students often find me on the internet. I have maintained strong friendships with many of my colleagues and loved seeing some of them at the 90th reunion. I am on the board of the Ecolint-American Foundation.

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John Douglas (LGB & Foundation 1972-2010)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 18 février 2015

 John Douglas   John Douglas

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
September 1972 to December 2010. Geography Teacher, Principal (ELP LGB), Director of Admissions (Foundation).

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Living in Chêne-Bougeries but spending time at our chalet in the Val d’Anniviers, visiting our children (alumni Sarah and Robert) in the UK and Germany and travelling.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The variety of the students. As a teacher having to adapt each year to a new group of students with different backgrounds and experiences. As Principal being constantly challenged by students, parents and teachers. As Director of Admissions responding to the pressures of parents, companies and the local authorities wanting places in the school. Also in being able to keep contact with new students and tell them about the benefits of Ecolint.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
Always pleased to have contact with former students and colleagues and learn how they are getting on post Ecolint.

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Michael Knight (LGB 1961-2001)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 18 février 2015

 Michael Knight   Michael Knight

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
From 1961 to 2001 – History and then, as well Theory of Knowledge once it began. Both were enthralling voyages of discovery for me – although the recipients might well have had a different view! Most memorable was being involved in the creation of the IB, and in particular the formulation of the History programme of the IB in the later 1960s, followed by an extensive period over subsequent years examining for the IB and developing the programme, and the materials for it.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Living on the edge of the Geneva countryside in Puplinge. Making tea and coffee at the appropriate moments for the resident children's novelist. Writing the occasional historical essay, reading the continuing flood of history publications past, present (and no doubt future), corresponding with the odd newspaper when roused, a well as with several old (increasingly old!) school friends. Listening to and writing about lots of music, also past and present. Sometimes slipping off to London for the theatre, the galleries and the ballet - as well as the shopping - and to Italy in the summer to recharge the batteries.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
Of course the long parade of splendid students, now become distinguished in their careers. But also the equally long parade of colleagues who became close friends. And then the whole unique atmosphere of Ecolint – indefinable but palpable: an enhancing life experience for anyone fortunate enough to have lived it.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
Less than I would like with former students , but perhaps this will change with the present venture. With former colleagues - sadly the march of time intrudes. However when the occasion arises one reminisces.

(The right-hand photo includes Michael's grand-daughter Zara, a future Ecolint student, starting September 2015.)

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Kay Diethelm (LGB 1976-2000)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 18 février 2015

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
From 1976 to 2000 I was the teacher responsible for Special Education at Les Marronniers and also assistant to Mary Maccaud for the last 5 years.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I play golf, swim and go to the Fitness regularly and am involved in Road Safety for Primary School children in Geneva and at Ecolint.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The great relationship between the staff and the possibility to always introduce something new.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I'm in touch regularly with one or two and I go to the Alumni meetings and meals.

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Jenny Buffle (Rigot, LGB & Foundation 1982-2003)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 18 février 2015

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I began working at Ecolint in 1982 as a part-time secretary in Rigot, transferring from there to LGB as assistant to Mrs. Wakenshaw in the Alumni office. From there I moved to Les Marronniers and spent two years as part-time receptionist/secretary before joining the Director General’s team in 1992. I remained in the post of DG’s assistant until my retirement in 2003, also working closely with the Governing Board.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am now retired and living in Commugny where I enjoy the gentler pace of life with time for gardening, walking, painting and occasional trips abroad.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
The incredible energy and teamwork that are involved in the running of an instituion as complex as Ecolint – the hidden part of the iceberg under the water! I feel very privileged to have worked with some remarkable people and to have had a ‘behind the scenes’ view of it all.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
Sadly, having been in a somewhat invisible administrative role, I never had much contact with the students but I do like to meet up occasionally with former colleagues.

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Andrew Colley (LGB 1995-2001)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 18 février 2015

 Andrew Colley   Andrew Colley

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
From 1995 to 2001 I was Head of the Theatre Department at La Grande Boissière.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Professionally my life is very different. I have recently been appointed to the post of Lecturer in Special Education at the University of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities. I have been specialising in working with young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties for about seven years. This has included teaching in two special schools, writing a book about personalising the curriculum for young people with complex needs, and undertaking a Masters Degree in severe learning difficulties at the University of Birmingham.
I live with my wife Gillian – who also taught at Ecolint – in Essex. Our son, Sam, who was a pupil at Les Marronniers, is now a trainee Park Ranger, and outdoor activity instructor.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
Well, the Graduation ceremonies…the theatre productions…my colleagues…the views of the mountains…pumpkin gratin from the caf…and playing for The Geneva Scottish Football Club for 6 years. Bliss!

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I have two or three very close friends now who were colleagues at the time. I also keep in touch with a few of my former IB Theatre Students. In particular, the group I taught between 1995 and 1997/8 were a very close knit group who went through a lot together and put on some extraordinary productions. They were very special.

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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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Hélène Forneris (La Chât 1972-2004)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 18 février 2015

 Hélène Forneris   Hélène Forneris

1. Quand avez-vous travaillé à l’Ecole Internationale de Genève et quelle(s) fonction(s) avez-vous exercée(s)?
De septembre 1972 à juin 2004, à la Châtaigneraie, j’ai d’abord enseigné  le français, l’histoire et la géographie, avant de me consacrer essentiellement au français. Les dernières années, j’ai également pris en charge l’orientation des étudiants vers les pays francophones.

2. Faites-nous découvrir quelques aspects de votre vie actuelle, le lieu où vous vivez et vos activités.
Depuis 1972 je vis dans le pays de Gex avec mon mari. Nos deux enfants, leurs conjoints et nos trois petits enfants vivent les uns au Danemark et les autres en Suisse. Nous sommes très souvent en voyage. Nous séjournons beaucoup au Danemark et en Italie, notamment à Venise ce qui n’étonnera pas ceux qui me connaissent. Je suis très occupée, comme la plupart des retraités,  beaucoup d’activités me passionnent mais je passe le plus de temps possible avec mes petits enfants qui m’offrent de très belles occasions de « retomber en enfance » !

3. Quels sont les souvenirs les plus marquants de votre période à l’Ecolint?
Il y en a tellement ! Beaucoup de souvenirs de ma vie professionnelle à la Châtaigneraie sont des souvenirs intimes, liés à des émotions souvent heureuses et parfois tragiques, à des rencontres incroyables avec des jeunes et des familles qui m’ont énormément apporté.

Deux dates sont à jamais gravées dans ma mémoire :
Août 1972, après avoir enseigné sept ans dans l’enseignement public en France, je suis en congé sabbatique pour suivre mon mari dans son nouveau travail en Suisse. La rentrée approche et je sens que je ne pourrai pas rester un an hors d’une école. Je tente ma chance en proposant mes services, par téléphone, au collège du Léman – qui n’a pas de poste à m’offrir – puis au Collège International de la Châtaigneraie. Il pleut à seaux sur la cabine téléphonique située près de l’ancien motel, mais mon interlocuteur m’invite à me présenter le plus vite possible dans ce qui deviendra MON école pour 32 ans, j’oublie l’orage et je suis pleine d’espoir.

Juin 2004, journée des promotions et dernier jour d’activité à l’école pour moi. La cérémonie se déroule normalement et puis, alors que je ne m’y attends pas, la communauté de l’école me dit, à sa façon affectueuse et respectueuse, « merci et au revoir ». Ce moment résume parfaitement l’intensité des relations que j’ai entretenues avec l’école, partie intégrante de ma vie pendant si longtemps et encore aujourd’hui. L’espoir né en 1972 n’a jamais été démenti. J’ai eu une vie professionnelle fantastique, inespérée, grâce au coup de téléphone de ce lointain mois d’août et à l’ouverture qu’il m’a offerte sur le monde.

4.    Dans quelle mesure appréciez-vous de garder des contacts avec vos anciens élèves ou collègues ?
Ce qui précède est déjà une réponse. Je garde des contacts précieux avec mes anciens collègues dont certains sont de vrais amis. Ceux qui ne sont plus là vivent pourtant toujours intensément dans ma mémoire. J’ai grand plaisir à rencontrer d’anciens élèves ou leurs familles quand une occasion se présente, à échanger des nouvelles avec certains et à savoir comment ils ont évolué. Toutes ces vies croisées, partagées un temps, sont inoubliables.

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