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 and Literacy Specialist. 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 and Literacy Specialist within international schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. She now works with teachers all over the world as a Consultant for the Centre for Educators. Alison loves writing, traveling and learning about new cultures.
Kelly Gratton, BEd, BA English
Educator | Consultant | Training & Development Specialist | Literacy Specialist
Kelly is an Educational Consultant at the Centre for Educators of BMLs. She is an award-winning educator who has worked extensively with BMLs and students of all ages.
Kelly has taught in Canada and internationally–both in Asia and the Middle East. She has held school leadership roles and carried out action research projects related to young learners and technology in the classroom. As well, she has been an IB educator and developed school policies related to language development, literacy and student assessment. Kelly previously served as a training and development consultant with executives in the business world.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Kelly herself was educated in a bilingual French and English immersion programme. She has a particular interest in working with indigenous children and youth and has a love of the great outdoors.