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Get to Know the IB Coordinators

Get to Know the IB Coordinators

Anne Prouty and Käthlin Gabaldon are the IB Coordinators at French International. Anne is the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator, and Käthlin coordinates the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is the framework for Maternelle and Lower School, and the MYP is Middle School. Both IB coordinators are responsible for developing the programme, helping create experiences for students, and being a resource for students. Get to know our IB Coordinators below.

Käthlin Gabaldon - Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator

How long have you worked at French International? 
I have worked at French International for 10 years.

What languages do you speak? 
English, German, and my French is progressing. 

What is your favorite thing about working for French International? 
I love that I get to work with such amazing people from so many diverse backgrounds. 

What are you most proud of? 
I'm most proud of my kids and the people they are becoming. Having them at FI has played an integral role in that.

What is something you do in your role that most people don't know about or that would surprise people?
I communicate regularly with other IB schools in our area to help them (and us!) to grow on our IB journeys, to bring them on campus to visit, and to build connections for our teachers with other IB teachers in the area. This helps build our Presence in Portland and beyond, a pillar of the strategic plan.

A fun fact about you? 
I lived in Austria for the first two years of my life before returning to the States and growing up in Oregon.

Anne Prouty - Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator

How long have you worked at French International? 
I started in 1992 as a parent and started teaching in 1998 when we opened the middle school. Two of my four kids graduated from French International!

What languages do you speak? 
English and some Flemish because I did a gap year between high school and college in Antwerp, Belgium. I have been studying French since COVID began! 

What is your favorite thing about working for French International? 
I love our students, and I really value our international community among the teachers, staff, students, and families. It’s a big reason that my husband and I were drawn to the school. Also, as a part of the IB Programme, our focus on best practices makes for a more inclusive, open-minded, and internationally-minded experience for students. Our student exchanges, trips, and our community service/projects are challenging but amazing experiences for our students to apply and explore what they have learned in the classroom. 

I love that our Athletics program is still thriving after more than 20 years and that we have kids who have an opportunity to learn about different team sports before they go to high school.  Some of them have gone on to be successful in high school and college sports.  I am very proud of all of these athletes.

What are you most proud of? 
I am really proud of the thorough curriculum development work that our teachers have worked on through the last two IB Evaluation cycles because it was definitely a successful team effort.

What is something you do in your role that most people don't know about or that would surprise people? 
I have served on a lot of school committees over the last 26 years and have really enjoyed being part of different groups of people at the school. It’s been a wonderful learning and social experience.

A fun fact about you? 
I love working with my hands and making furniture and other wood crafts. I volunteer as a coach for a women’s mountain bike camp. I get a thrill out of helping women become more confident riding on the trails. I am hoping to spend a lot more time on my bike this summer!
 

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