FranceABC Director and Teacher
FranceABC is the brainchild of Bryton Mckinnon. His passion for education began over a decade ago while studying child development, education, and French literature at Western University in London, Canada. He was introduced to Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society and Paolo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which turned his view of education on its head. These revolutionary texts reaffirmed his belief that traditional learning methods simply do not work.
For more information on Bryton Mckinnon, the Director and FranceABC teacher
My name is Alyssa Jones and I live in the beautiful Canadian Rockies with my fiancé. I grew up in Ontario with a large family and attended Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario for my Bachelor of Arts.
During my time at University, I took every chance I could to immerse myself more fully into French Canadian culture and attended the French immersion summer program Explore in Trois Pistoles, Québec. I finished with a double major in Political Science and French Language and Literature and used my love of French to lead me back to Québec to work with the program Odyssey/Odyssée. I worked as an English Language Monitor at a high school just north of Montreal and spent my free time with the French family I lived with or exploring the beauty of Québec.
This experience inspired me to attend the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University for my Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Junior/Intermediate French as a second language. Upon graduation I moved out west to pursue a dream of living and working in the mountains. Before working with France ABC, I worked at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as a Public Programs Officer where I facilitated and/or ran programming to engage our local community in the arts. When I am not teaching with France ABC, I can be found climbing, hiking, or skiing in the mountains.
My name is Micheline Farmer and I currently reside in British Columbia. Born in Quebec and speaking only French as a young child, I have dealt with the challenges and benefits of language learning. This was part of the reason why I decided to enroll at York University and pursue teaching. In 2003, I completed my B.A. in Psychology, French Studies and thereafter my Bachelor of Education in the primary and junior divisions.
Throughout my career, I worked in many GTA French immersion schools, specializing in grades two through six. I also had the pleasure of teaching high school students. In both capacities, it was a delight to share my love of both French and Quebec and develop Francophiles both young and old.
With my background in Psychology, I found I had a propensity in supporting students with special needs and learning difficulties. Alongside this strength, I have a passion for individuals’ rights and always fought for students who were harassed or bullied. My intrinsic interest in equitable student support accumulated in my role as a TedEd leader. This program emboldens students’ passions and unique voices onto the stage. Creating spaces for students to explore their interests is a hallmark of my personal pedagogy.
On a personal note, I have a deep love of nature and wild animals. Hiking regularly with my dogs, we frequently encounter the constant joys of local wilderness and wildlife.