It’s hard not to notice the excitement on Campus for the approaching summer break. Summers are a wonderful opportunity for relaxation or time for exploring new hobbies or interests. For Isabelle Coitoux, Upper School French teacher, summer is her time to get back to her favorite pastime—photography.

If you visit Isabelle’s classroom, the walls are punctuated with beautiful portraits and scenic landscapes. Every photo has its own story or memory connected to it. Isabelle’s students find themselves connecting with the photos as they are often images from around the Linda Vista Campus including images of the residence mallard ducks named “Francis” and “Parker,” and the fluffy red and white cat that sits on the corner of Alcala Knolls Drive and Via Madrina Street watching students walk to school.

“I love capturing the beauty from around the Campus,” says Isabelle. “There is something special about preserving those moments that you would otherwise miss if you weren’t paying attention.”

Some of those moments are the smallest ones to capture for that Isabelle specializes in macro photography. Her favorite images include a striking image of a hummingbird drinking from a bird feeder and a honey bee collecting nectar from a purple flower.

Isabelle began her hobby in photography about four summers ago right around the time she started at Parker. Since taking summer classes in photography, Isabelle enjoys visiting a national park every summer to practice her craft. For the past two summers, she has visited Big Sur and Yosemite National Parks.

“I hope my photos inspire my students to explore something new this summer,” says Isabelle. “I am extremely proud of the hard work they have put into my class and I hope they get out there and do something fun.”

“I hope my photos inspire my students to explore something new this summer. I am extremely proud of the hard work they have put into my class and I hope they get out there and do something fun.”

Isabelle Coitoux

Upper School French Teacher