Francesca McGeary, M.A. (Hons), Dip TESOL
Educator | Linguist | Author | Bilingual Specialist | Literacy Specialist
Francesca McGeary enjoys working with students, parents and teachers. She is a lover of art, culture and languages and studied Mandarin at the University of Edinburgh. Originally born in Scotland, she was also raised in Brussels, Belgium as a BML and ‘third-culture-kid.’ She began her teaching career at the International School of Brussels as an EAL teacher and later worked in other international schools around the world as an EAL Coordinator. In 2008, she started the educational consultancy, IngeniousEd, with colleague Alison Schofield. Together they ran their company for 9 years in Dubai, UAE. Francesca now serves as the Director of the Centre for Educators of Bilingual and Multilingual Learners in the UK.
Alison Schofield, Master of Teaching BEd, BA Psych
Educator | Author | Bilingual Specialist | Literacy Specialist | Disability Specialist
Alison began her career as a disability and behavioural therapist before becoming a special education teacher. She grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada and taught in the multicultural cities of Calgary and Toronto before moving to the Middle East. She has worked extensively with indigenous children and marginalised youth within multicultural communities. Alison later became a Learning Support Coordinator within international schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and began her focus and research on bilingual and multilingual learners. After running educational consultancy, IngeniousEd, for 9 years, she then co-founded social enterprise, the Centre for Educators of BMLs in the UK with Francesca. Alison loves writing, traveling and learning about new cultures.