Last updated Sunday May 27, 2007
Remember Stephanie Tame
What was your nickname at Priory?
When did you attend Priory
1978 – 1989
How did you locate the Priory website?
Kathy Norton (best friend from Priory) told me about it.
Who were your most memorable teachers?
Ms. Scott (Grade 6) was my most memorable teacher by far – talented, funny, energetic, creative and, crucially, thoroughly devoted to her students. In fact, she was the first person to notice I was a serious worrier. As a result, she advised me to allot a certain amount of time to worrying about a specific thing and then to no longer allow myself to think about it! I still use this effective strategy today!
Ms. Dorothy Scott
Who were your best friends at Priory?
Kathy Norton and Abby Khouri. Kathy and I were extremely close and hit it off right from the first day of her arrival at Priory (first form). She is one of the few people who to this very day can make me laugh until I cry. Abby is my first cousin and so the family link contributed to strengthening the tie at school.
Who are you in touch with today?
Lots, but to name a few : Kathy and her husband Dax DeSouza, Shalini Tewani, Mark Henry, Mark Melville, Abby Khouri, Michael Subrati...
Michael Subrati, Kathy Norton and Stephanie Tame 2006
Who would you like to track down?
Noam Enoch, an Israeli boy to whom I was close for a while. He was a very artistic and intense person - of course we eventually ended up in some explosion over a highly trivial matter. I would be curious to know what he's up to.
What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
My slightly ‘grudgeful’ nature is responsible for the wildest thing I did : A Prefect had given me a trash program, i.e. made me have to pick up trash because a shirt I wore had a tiny name brand showing (rule at the time : no writing on clothing). I interpreted this as a personal attack and vowed revenge! So I saved up all my pocket money for the Priory end-of-year party where we were always given the opportunity to buy an expensive but truly HUGE bucket of water to throw on the Prefect of our choice. The entire school was in hysterical laughter when they saw me happily fork out the money...they knew exactly what was going to happen! It was such an event that pictures of the drenched Prefect came out in the yearbook.
What memories/views do you have of Priory?
Priory was a lot of fun! My main memory is of us all being very happy and meeting children from all over the world. When I tell people today that I went to Priory they sometimes tease : ‘You mean you attended The Country Club?!’ I have to smile because they’re not that far off...we really did enjoy ourselves.
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
Kathy Norton was Just-Crazy-Enough!
Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?
I now live in Geneva, Switzerland and I’ve been lecturing in linguistics since 1999 at the University of Geneva, where I also obtained my PhD.
Tell us about any significant others
I am married to Mathieu Durrleman, who is French and Swiss. We met when I was spending a year in Paris after high school – i.e. when I was 16! Mathieu had already spent a few years working in Kingston as the Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy (from 1984 to 1986). He is now a banker in Geneva. We have two sons : Raphael (born in 1998) and Ezechiel (born in 2001).
Mathieu and Stephanie
Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person
When benefiting from a sabbatical year (off of lecturing at the University of Geneva) I moved back to Jamaica (2006) for a semester and needed to buy a car...Who happened to be at the car lot that very day? Mark Henry! I hadnÂ’t seen him since school days. It was good to get back in touch - and he helped me to get a great deal too!
What do you think of the Priory Website?
I think it is excellent - keep up the good work!
©Stephen Smith 2007
Published on the Priory Website Sunday 27th 2007
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