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Introducing Susan Renaud, our Interim High School and College Counselor

We are incredibly excited to introduce the newest member to ISD , Ms. Susan Renaud, who will be our interim High School Guidance and College Counselor during Kayla Bishop's maternity leave. Susan will be filling in Kayla's duties until Monday, January 7, 2019.

Susan has had a truly distinguished career working as a Guidance and College Counselor in top international schools around the globe. Most recently she is coming from the International School of Kuala Lumpur where she was responsible for both the guidance component and the college counseling component. She can be contacted at

What's your name and where are you from?

My name is Susan Renaud. My passport from US, but I consider myself "from" Asia.

How did you get into counseling?

I had been a classroom teacher in both Middle and High schools for 10-15 years and from working with students, and got into teaching health.  Through this, I decided I wanted to apply my knowledge of school (in general) to a different and therapeutic/advisor setting. So, I did my master's while working as a health teacher and as a student counselor in a school when the High School Counselor had to take emergency leave.

Where were you before coming to ISD?

Directly before ISD, I had taken a year off to settle my young adult children in to life in the US.  Their entire education had been overseas, so I felt I needed to be nearby for the successes and challenges of the move.  Prior to that, I was at the International School of Kuala Lumpur.

Why did you decide to join us here at ISD?

I had ONLY EVER heard amazing things about ISD and life in Dakar from friends who either worked here or had friends who worked here.  Truly though it was the Skype conversations with Kayla, Lorne and Alan that clinched the deal.  Real and kind people doing what's right by students.

What's your favorite thing about being a High School Counselor?

I love that every day is different and that no matter what I have written in my agenda, it all could change because of the energy and interaction with students. I also love all of the insights into people and reality that counselling gives me when working with students, their families and teachers.

Is there anything about living in Dakar that you're especially excited to do or try?

I am motivated to learn some French and see the sights in and around the city.

Is this your first time living in Africa?

I have done a tiny bit of travelling in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, but never lived in Africa.

First impressions: the cheerful, friendly warmth of people is AMAZING!

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