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Anne Stevenson - Current Staff

Miss Stevie has been a teacher at GSIS for 22 years. She shares with us her experience growing up in Hong Kong and why she enjoys teaching.

Name: Anne Stevenson (aka Miss Stevie)

Position at GSIS: Head of Geography (ESD); I am also teaching art this school year

Years at GSIS: I have to think about that ... I think it's 22

Could you briefly introduce yourself (background & profession)?

I'm a proud Hong Kong ... born and raised in this great city. I studied and worked abroad for a couple of years (England, Wales, Spain) but ended up coming back home again and again.

As a child, I had all sorts of plans: I wanted to become a pathologist, then an archaeologist, but because I wasn't good at science and then failed my history school, those ambitions were gone. I worked as a real estate appraiser for a while and one of my favorite jobs was selling shoes. I always made great sales as I tried on all of the products I sold.

What do you like most about working at GSIS?

I like coming to work - and not everyone can say that about their job. Great colleagues (some I've known for over 20 years) and fabulous students who always give so much back. This job is never boring.

What was your most memorable GSIS moment?

I can't remember a specific moment, but there were many great experiences, in class, but also on geographic excursions and in the amazing places I visited with the students during Discovery Week: art excursions in Bangkok, temple tour in Laos, sleeping in the Egyptian desert, safari in Kenya, harvesting coffee and working with students in Tanzania, building a “Habitat for Humanity” house in China ... I was so lucky.

When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like to read and cook (including eating), go to the cinema from time to time or meet friends, but sometimes just a pajama day. As all of my students, who have patiently struggled through my Powerpoints, know that traveling is my passion ... observing the wildlife (Chinstrap penguins are still my favorite), fantastic landscapes, getting to know new people and cultures, to experience the incredible art and architecture and food in different locations. We live in an amazing world and I want to enjoy it as much as possible.

Where did you grow up and what was your own school experience like?

I'm an “ESF Product”: I went to Glenealy and then Island School - and later I taught at West Island School for a couple of years. I am still in touch with my best school friends who all still live in Hong Kong. It makes me feel really old, but I taught some of their kids here at GSIS.

Which former students or employees of GSIS did you stay in contact with?

I am in contact with some former students and teachers, even if some of them have left Hong Kong.

What are your plans for the future?

I look forward to traveling on to Covid, but in the meantime I enjoy enjoying all of the wonderful things Hong Kong has to offer.

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Name: Anne Stevenson (aka Miss Stevie)

Role at GSIS: Head of Geography (ESD) and this year, teaching some art as well

Years at GSIS: I've lost track ... I think it's my 22nd

Could you introduce yourself a bit (background & profession)?

I'm a proud Hong Konger ... born and brought up in this great city. I've studied and worked abroad for a few years (England, Wales, Spain) but always end up back home.

I had all sorts of plans when I was growing up: I wanted to be a pathologist, then an archaeologist but not being good at Science and then failing my History A Level ruined those ambitions. I spent a bit of time as a property valuer and one of my favorites, as a summer job, I was a shoe salesperson. I always made top sales as I had tried on all the products that I was selling.

What do you like most about working at GSIS?

I love coming to work - and not everyone can say that about their job. Great colleagues (some of whom I've known for over 20 years) and fabulous students, who always give so much back. This is never a boring job.

What has been your most memorable GSIS moment?

I can't think of one specific moment but there have been many great experiences, in class but also on Geography field trips, and the amazing places that I have visited with students on Discovery Week: Art trips in Bangkok, temple trekking in Laos, sleeping in the Egyptian desert, safari in Kenya, coffee picking and working alongside students in Tanzania, a Habitat for Humanity home-building trip in China ... I have been so lucky.

If you are not busy teaching, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love reading, cooking (and eating), going to the cinema, hanging out with friends, and having a Pajama Day. As all my students who have patiently sat through all my powerpoints know, I love to travel ... seeing wildlife (chinstrap penguins remain my favorite), fantastic scenery, meeting new people, cultures, experiencing the incredible art and architecture and food found in different places. It's an amazing world that we live in and I want to experience as much of it as I can.

Where did you grow up and how was your schooling experience?

I am an ESF product: I went to Glenealy and then Island School - and then later, I taught for a few years at West Island School. I am still in touch with my best school friends, all of whom still live in Hong Kong. This makes me feel really old but I have taught some of their children, here at GSIS.

Which former students or staff members that you met at GSIS have you stayed in touch with?

I am in touch with quite a few former students and teachers, even when they've left Hong Kong.

What are your plans for the future?

I look forward to traveling some more, post-Covid but in the meantime, I am happy to enjoy all the wonderful things that Hong Kong has to offer.

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