A Lifelong Learning Community
Senior Larson Holt reflects on the enormous impact the faculty have had on the graduating class of 2015.
As a student at International, it might be selfish to state that one of the most special things about this school is the student body. Of course, much thought goes into the admissions process to ensure that each class turns out to be a diverse, glob-ally-minded group of individuals who desire knowledge,
like us. But as we graduate from this school where some
of us have spent 13 or 14 years of our lives, we begin to
reflect on how we got there.
For me, this always has been and always will be, by
way of the incredible faculty whom we trust with our
education—our future. We all owe them a great deal
for the gifts of knowledge, understanding and pride
they’ve given us—yet we will also harbor some form of
resentment knowing that they’ve spoiled us into wrongly
assuming that our professors in college will give us the
same individual thought and attention.
The diverse field of teachers International has recruited
are incredible thinkers who day in and day out demonstrate not only their deep passions about their teaching
subjects, but also that they have never stopped learning
and are always open to new ideas and interpretations of
ideas other schools might find rigid.
Even more unique to International, every teacher
I’ve ever had has taken the time and energy to know
each one of us individually—even in 23-person IB
Geography—and respond to our individual learning
styles and interests. This has been of incredible ben-
efit to us as students, as our teachers have become our
role models. Over the last four or fourteen years, we’ve
learned perseverance, discipline, time management and
respect. We’ve also learned to take the time to get to
know each other just as our teachers have for us.
Their support and words of encouragement have also
helped us put together many student-driven projects,
such as the One-Acts, IB Art Show, the forthcoming
Global Issues Network conference, and the visionary
TEDx event. As one might expect, they’re also very valuable advisors in the classroom, especially with our IB
Internal Assessments and Extended Essays, where they
spend dozens of hours with us after school helping to
craft our ideas into academic proposals. In my case, my
advisor, John Bray, worked painstakingly with me to turn
my idea for a new express bus service into a research
paper that has been submitted to the SFMTA for consideration.
In a sense, we students stand to take a lot of credit for
our successes at International. That said, credit where
credit’s due, our special achievements rest on the shoulders of giants - of our even more special faculty who
are our research partners, our trusted advisors, our role
models, our strong supporters, and in some cases, now
our Facebook friends.