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Interview with a Swiss head of school

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

In today’s episode I talk to Geneviève Appenzeller-Combe, Head of Obersee Bilingual School. She’s currently in isolation at home, due to a positive tested student she’s intensively working with.

We will talk about what it means to be leading a school that runs in person from home and learn more about the journey of her school through 2020. How being prepared and well-equipped for remote school, thanks to their long term experience in the digitalized classroom. But also the challenges it causes for teachers and students.

One of the most insightful take home messages was, how the pandemic impacts adolescents, who’s peers mean the world to them. How they feel such a strong need to hug their friends, at the same time feeling so guilty for doing something wrong, that could harm other family members, if they get COVID-19. It’s an incredible burden, that’s very challenging to carry for young people, especially. Since they’re not as equipped as adults to manage challenging situations.

Geneviève’s insight is to keep the message for young people simple, transparent, and straight forward.




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