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Seven weeks after Rentrée, our new faculty members share where they joined us from--Melbourne to Paris, Toronto to San Diego, the Bay Area to London, and beyond--reflect on what they find unique about the school, and share anecdotes from the classroom and community.
Not pictured: Alice Desert, Natalia Neerdaels, Maher Sabry, Ellison Yufenyuy
In your first few weeks, what have you found unique about the school?
The school's uniqueness seems to come from the city it resides in. The eclectic city that is San Francisco creates the school's spirit and diverse group of staff members and students. Everyone I have met at the school has his/her own story, and hearing about these stories has been unique. - Julie Rouette, Upper School Math, Toronto & Montreal
Un point particulier : le suivi. Ils ont un advisor, des psychologues à leur écoute, ils peuvent venir nous voir à notre bureau et nous poser des questions par mail à tout moment. Ce qui m'a le plus surpris ? Les élèves qui me remercient à la fin du cours. On se sent écouté et reconnu : cela n'a pas de prix. - Mickael Santinelli, Upper School Math, South of France
One unique strength of the school is the tremendous energy—of friendliness, warmth, and positivity—of everyone here; students, faculty, and administration. - Jonathan Sammartino, Upper School Psychology / English / TOK, San Diego
Everyone in the school community has made me feel incredibly welcome to both the school and the city. I have never taught at a school where all the students use iPads/laptops--what a great teaching tool it is! When I want them to, students are able to work independently and at their own pace, allowing me to direct support to students who need it most. - Stuart Dalmedo, Upper School Geography, London
La bonne entente qui règne en maternelle et le côté chaleureux et accueillant des enseignants et de l'administration. - Sonia Bleu-Laine, Lower School French (Maternelle), Berkeley & Dallas
I was very lucky to do the IB as a student, which I found both rigorous and flexible, and find International High School to be a good fit given my background. I also find the access to cutting-edge technology absolutely unique to the school. Only professional-grade hacker spaces can compete with the school's Design Lab. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to get exposed to advanced technology before college. The lab is also enabling the entire school community to work on cross-disciplinary projects that combine art and science. - Guillaume Pignol, Upper School Math, France via Houston & New York City
Playing soccer on Sundays with staff members and parents has been a great opportunity, not only because I'm the only girl there, but also to have the chance to be part of the community that makes up French American + International. - Julie Rouette, Upper School Math
Some of our Upper School faculty members at the new high school rooftop lounge.