Stefanie McLoughlin, Governor
I was born and raised on the Island. My father had a factory building ridged inflatable boats which gave me early exposure to a wide variety of social, environmental and industrial settings. We lived in various places on the island and I moved schools more than is the norm. Changing schools can be stressful at any age and this, in part, influenced my choices for my own children – resulting in my resolve to move them as infrequently as possible and to attempt to obtain maximum stability throughout their education.
When it was time to look at high schools for my youngest daughter, I thought at the time there was only one place for her to go. The Island Free School had only just opened and although I had seen articles in the local paper about it, I hadn’t and wasn’t going to apply for a space. I was persuaded to visit and I changed the school admissions application. Luckily she got in.
I am married to an oil industry engineer and I have been fortunate to be able to travel and live in another country. I have been a single parent and an oil field single parent. The latter more stressful than the former on the family.
We have four children: the three older children were educated both on the Island and overseas. The eldest two have now successfully completed tertiary education. When I visited TIFS I realised that it had the potential to break the conventional mould of existing Island schooling and focus more intently on the interests and development of the individual, enabling them to realise their full potential.
I am delighted to have been invited to be a member of the Board of Governors.