Francesca McGeary | M.A. (Hons), Dip. T.E.S.O.L.

Francesca is Co-Founder, Consultant and Director at the Centre. Originally from Scotland, she was also raised in Belgium and experienced first-hand what it was like to be educated in a new language in secondary school. Francesca speaks 6 languages, including Mandarin. She has been an EAL Coordinator in several international and local schools across the globe.

Francesca started the educational company, IngeniousEd, and ran it with her colleague Alison, for 9 years in Dubai. She has led high-stakes school improvement projects and created the Literacy Intervention Programme (LIP), a specialised intervention approach for accelerating students’ reading and writing skills.

Francesca now works closely with educators, teachers and parents and enjoys sharing new insights about bilingualism, multilingualism and literacy. In her spare time, she is an avid collector of modern art, Chinese costumes and enjoys traveling.


Alison Schofield | Master of Teaching BEd, B.A. Psychology, Developmental Services (Dip)

Alison is also a Co-Founder and Consultant at the Centre. She started her career as a disability and behavioural therapist before training as a special education teacher. She has worked for Community Living in Ontario, Canada and with youth in secure treatment settings in Alberta.

Alison gained rich experiences working with indigenous children and communities. She later became a Learning Support coordinator and Literacy Specialist in local and international schools in the UAE and she has worked extensively with local Emirati and expatriate children. Together with Francesca, Alison co-founded IngeniousEd and ran school consulting projects, led teacher-training initiatives and developed the Literacy Intervention Programme (LIP) for struggling readers and writers.

Alison was raised in Northern Ontario, Canada. She speaks conversational Arabic and loves traveling and learning about other cultures. She’s also an avid sketchnoter and writer.

Alveena Salim | B.A. (Hons) Education & Community Studies, P.G.C.E.

Alveena holds the role of international Education Consultant. She is a master teacher-trainer who has supported teachers and international schools across a wide variety of professional development activities. She has also carried out teacher-training programmes for high-stakes, school improvement projects within the Middle East.

Additionally, Alveena has worked in Dubai as a Literacy Specialist with IngeniousEd. There, she ran the intensive, Literacy Intervention Programme (LIP) for children from 4-18 who experienced reading and writing challenges. She performed literacy assessments and created targeted learning plans that focused on accelerating their literacy progress by 6 months to one year, in just one month.

She has also been an international teacher in the Middle East and has worked in local schools in London, UK, where she gained a wealth of expertise supporting bilingual and multilingual learners as well as students experiencing issues related to poverty, racism and special educational needs.

Alveena currently lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE with her husband and children. She is a bilingual Urdu and English speaker and is also raising bilingual children. Alveena is an avid reader as well as a writer, who blogs about giving meaning to ordinary events. She also leads classes on personal development and enjoys bike rides at dawn.




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