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Staff Spotlight: Lauren Walters and Johnathan Brown

Staff Spotlight: Lauren Walters and Johnathan Brown

Interview with ISB Teachers, Lauren Walters and Johnathan Brown

We asked a selection of staff, new, long-standing and those who have been here for a few years, to answer a series of questions on life here in Basel. It is a great privilege to have staff from so many different backgrounds and experiences. It is what makes us a diverse, international community.

Lauren and Johnathon are one of our married teaching couples at ISB. They moved here in August 2019 and are now well into their second year teaching at ISB. 

Lauren Walters, English Teacher
Where did you move to Basel from? How does life here compare to there?

We moved here from Mexico City. Things are slower here, but beautiful and refreshing. We've been so grateful to be here during the world wide quarantining, as we've always had the privilege to go outside and enjoy walks in the countryside.

What subject(s) have you taught during your time at ISB?

I teach English.

If you could sum up your experiences over the last year in three words what would they be?

"It goes on" (in true English teacher fashion, I had to quote a poet! This is by Robert Frost)

What makes a ‘good day’ at school?

A good day at school for me is when the kids and I have a few solid belly laughs during class. This is usually due to my technological difficulties, but still, it's always great to have a day of making each other laugh.

Can you share a favourite memory so far?

One of my favourite memories was going for a weekend trip to Nice, France with a friend. We left Friday after school on a one-hour flight, and returned Sunday night after laying on beautiful beaches and eating delicious food all weekend. It was so refreshing. I love how Basel is truly in the heart of Europe. We are close to so many incredible places.

What has surprised you most about living and working here?

I am surprised at how hard it is to learn German! 

Johnathan Brown, Individuals and Societies Teacher
What subject(s) have you taught during your time at ISB?

I teach History.

If you could sum up your experiences over the last year in three words what would they be?

Live. Love. Laugh.

What makes a ‘good day’ at school?

The students are fantastic, and so a great day would be centered around a few memorable discussions with my students. Luckily, most days are great!

Can you share a favourite memory so far? 

Basel has plenty of events each weekend, so every fair, festival and event downtown has been a real joy.

What has surprised you most about living and working here?

I did not realize how much I would have enjoyed the access to nature and the quiet way of life. You are always a few minutes away from beautiful trails, hilly paths and the Rhine river.