Director's Dispatch: Farewell from Dr. Knobloch


After eight years in Senegal and at ISD, it is hard to say goodbye. We will very much miss the people of our community.

My wife, Eileen, and I fell in love with the ISD community in October of 2013, when we were in Dakar interviewing, and our love for the community has only increased over the years. We are proud to say our children are graduates of the International School of Dakar.

There are many people to thank and my apologies if I leave anyone out.

First of all, thank you to the educational staff for everything you do to make ISD a special place for students. To have a great school, you need great teachers, counselors, librarians, and instructional assistants and we are fortunate to have great educators.

The ISD support staff keeps our school running, safe, and clean. The support team treats our students as their own children. They are known to the students and respected for their work. Thank you for your support and work throughout the years.

I want to thank the parents for their commitment to and support of ISD. Our parents have never been shy about sharing what they love about our school and where we can improve. Both of these things help us become a better school.

We have a committed, thoughtful, and engaged Board of Trustees. They are volunteers who devote many hours to making sure we have a great school today and in the future. I would like to thank all current and past trustees for their time, energy, and wisdom.

Lastly, I would like to thank the students for being themselves. Our students are smart, creative, goofy, athletic, caring, and are not afraid to question the adults around them including the school director. Working with the students has always been the greatest joy of the job. I have enjoyed talking to students in the classroom, watching you on stage and on the courts, and playing with you at recess or after-school.

It has been a privilege and an honor to be the Director of the International School Dakar.