Born in Malvern, England, Elaine studied for her teaching Certificate at Nottingham University and began her teaching career in an inner city secondary school in Peckham, S E London, in 1974. Her first international school posting was in 1977 at The British School of the Netherlands, in The Hague.
In March 1987 she arrived in Switzerland to take up a position at the International School of Basel where she was later appointed Junior School Principal. In 1998 she received her Masters degree in Education for International Schools, from Oxford Brookes University.

In 2002 she was appointed Head of the International School of Monts-de-Corsier and played a key role in establishing it as a new and successful school in the Montreux and Vevey area.
Her next position in 2005 was Head of School at the International School of Zug and Luzern and in 2009 she moved to La Côte International School, where she completed her career, her final role before retirement being that of Head of the Art Department.
Over the years her work for the SGIS has included several terms as a committee member, Co-chair for a year and as editor of the once annual students’ Literary Magazine!

Newsflash

FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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