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Anne Prouty Retires After 25 Years

Anne Prouty Retires After 25 Years

Anne Prouty, a French International middle school teacher and Middle Years Programme (MYP) coordinator, retired at the end of the 2023-24 school year. Anne was one of the founding middle school teachers and started working at French International in 1998. 

Do you remember the first day of school in 1998? What were those first days like?

Well, it was interesting because we were supposed to be [on this campus], but we weren't. We were still over at Sylvan for just middle school for the first week or two. So then, we weren't going to take our fall break because we had to move [to this campus]. I remember Denise [LeBlond] and I were doing the sixth-grade science, and we were doing the solar system. We built models of the solar system to scale. Of course Jupiter was so big, and we had to bring it over here, and we couldn't get it through the door. It was so funny. We still talk about that.

It was great. And that is what I love about this place is the flexibility of the parents to say, the building's not finished. We can't start school there yet, but they could pivot easily. So it was great. We only had 18 kids, six in the French track, six in the international track, and six in the Spanish track. It's hard to start a middle school, especially a middle school because kids' needs are so different. I'm not sure who came up with the idea of having the international track, but to bring in kids, new kids. That's been so important to our school to have that.

Had you been a Middle School teacher before coming here?

No, it was my first gig. And [Jean François] Genay said we can't hire her because she doesn't have prior math experience. I said, I will learn. I can do it. It turned out I really enjoyed teaching math, and I stopped teaching when we found Brittani [Carmichal] because she's so good. So then I switched just to science. But for a long, long time, both Denise and I taught both math and science, and Emmanuelle taught Individuals in Society the first couple of years too. 

What kept you here for 25 years?

I think it was definitely Emmanuelle and these guys. I remember the first year, all of us were part-time, but that was okay. We had time to build our craft. For new teachers, it takes a long time to do that, and we were really close. We even missed each other during the fall breaks and stuff like that.

This place is amazing. We still collaborated. You could ask Minda. I think the first or second year, we had this really cool unit on Greece. We took this whole room, and it became this tunnel of Greece. We were kind of working our way around being a school of what I would call best practices. We did some really cool stuff. 

I don't think there was one day of absence the first year, because we all covered for each other. We were all part-time, so it was pretty easy to cover for each other. My kids were here. I got [my daughter] Addie back here, and to me, that was super, super important. This was a really good place for her. And she still has friends. She just came back from an Intel trip with one of her best friends at Intel who was in her same class.

The full interview will be in this summer’s Global Mindset Magazine. To ensure you are on the mailing list for that publication, please email communications@frenchintl.org

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