Board of Directors

President / Présidente
Madeleine Challies
Greater Victoria School District

Madeleine Challies has been teaching French Immersion with the Greater Victoria School District for 14 years. She loves integrating language and thinking skills through inquiry and design thinking. She is also passionate about helping students to continue to develop their interest in reading in a second language. Madeleine is currently the District French Language Programs Coordinator for the Greater Victoria School District. 

Madeleine also works as a Sessional Instructor at UVic in the PDP as well as B.Ed programs. Her course focuses on foundational theories and approaches to second language learning for French Immersion teachers. Madeleine works with SFU as a mentor in a graduate diploma program for French Immersion teachers in British Columbia. In this role she supports students in their inquiry projects related to second language teaching.  

Madeleine recently completed her diploma in Teacher Librarianship at Queen’s University. She is increasingly interested in integrating digital resources and tools to support language learning.

As a member of the BCLCA (British Columbia Language Coordination Association) executive committee, Madeleine has organized professional development series, workshops, webinars, professional book clubs and conferences to support language teachers. Passionate about professional development, resource support and teacher collaboration in French Immersion and Core French, Madeleine is very excited to work with language coordinators and teacher leaders to support French Language Programs.

Vice President / Vice-Présidente
Anne-Marie Bilton
Burnaby School District

Anne-Marie Bilton spent her adolescence in Europe, and while acquiring a third language (German), developed a fascination for language learning.  She pursued this fascination through the study of Language and Linguistics at Queen’s University, and later while pursuing her Masters in Second Language Acquisition in the context of diversity at the University of Simon Fraser.  Her passion for language and inclusion led her to occupy various roles including French Immersion teacher, Learning Support Teacher, Head Teacher, Second Language Consultant, and University Adjunct professor.

As a member of a variety of professional associations, she has been grateful for the opportunities to lead a variety of workshops, facilitate book clubs, and lead discussions  at both the provincial and national levels. Anne Marie is also honored to be invited as a guest lecturer at various universities. She has taught in the PDP program at UBC and in Graduate level courses at Simon Fraser.She loves fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary communities of inquiry where language learners and teachers are valued and have a sense of belonging. She loves being able to be responsive to the shifting needs of teachers, principals, parents and students. Currently, Anne-Marie Bilton is the French Second Language Liaison with the Burnaby school District.

Treasurer / Trésorier
Kindra Harte
Saanich School District

Kindra is an instructor at the University of Victoria and is the District Languages Coordinator for the Saanich School District. At UVIC she teaches in the Faculty of Education in the Teacher Education Department where she has taught for many years. In the Saanich School District Kindra has taught both French and Spanish both Immersion and Core grades K-12 including grade 12AP. 

Kindra is our BC Rep for ( CASLT ) Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers and is also our BCATML ( BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages ) Vice President. She has also worked for many years at the Ministry of Education on Curriculum writing, Assessment development and learning resource evaluation. She is an author for Pearson Education.

In her spare time she loves spending time with her 2 grown children and horses.

Director of Communications / Directrice des communications
Isabelle Côté
School District

Isabelle Côté works with student-teachers and teacher-learners in French language education (Core French, French Immersion and Programme francophone) at Simon Fraser University. Her doctoral research focused on French Immersion teachers understanding of the integration of Indigenous perspectives in their practice.

Secretary / Secrétaire
Fränzi Karlen
Kamloops-Thompson School District

Fränzi was born and raised in Switzerland where she completed her teacher education. She moved to British Columbia in 1991 where she started teaching French in a small rural elementary school. During her career as an educator, she has had the privilege to work with students from Kindergarten to Graduate school, as a classroom teacher, online facilitator, Teacher Teaching on Call, school administrator and District Coordinator.

Fränzi holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Gonzaga University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University. Fränzi is fluent in four languages: Swiss, German, French and English. Fränzi feels privileged to be able to live and work on the unceeded traditional territory of the Secwépemc people in Kamloops, BC.

Member at Large / Conseillère/Conseiller
Nathalie Walsh
Surrey School District

Nathalie Walsh has been teaching for the last 26 years, most of them in the Surrey School District where she taught in the French Immersion and Core French programs, but also in England and France.

Being passionate about languages and cultures, Nathalie first completed a bachelor’s degree in teaching French at secondary level at Université Laval, then a post-bac diploma in Second Language Teaching, and a Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction, at SFU’s Faculty of Education.  Her research focused on collaborative learning in the context of plurilingual approaches. 

Nathalie has always strongly believed in pursuing professional development while exercising leadership and contributing to the teaching community in various ways: she accompanied teachers as a mentor in her district and for SFU’s graduate studies program;  she was a BCTF facilitator, leading workshops for French immersion teachers; she developed and taught week-long programs for Core French teachers as part of SFU’s Bootcamp Francofun; she presented at various provincial, national and international conferences; she worked as a Faculty Associate at SFU where she was able to share her experience and passions with cohorts of future French teachers; finally, she had the privilege to collaborate with coordinators and support teachers across the province in her coordinator role with SFU’s Office of the Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA).  Now back in the classroom, Nathalie is happy to continue this collaboration through her engagement with BCLCA.

Member at Large / Conseillère/Conseiller
Stacia Johnson
Vancouver Island North School District

Stacia began her career in the Richmond School District where she taught Japanese and ELL for 10 years. She then moved to the North Island and acknowledges that she lives, works and plays on the traditional territories of the  Kwakwaka’ wakw.  She has been a French, Japanese and ELL teacher there for over 15 years. Most recently, she became the Principal of North Island Secondary School where she has facilitated a language lab and students have a choice of 4 different languages to learn. She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on educational technologies in the second language classroom. She has been an executive member of the BCATML and the BCLCA and has contributed to the profession by providing presentations at provincial and national conferences and by publishing works with CASLT, the University of Ottawa and the French Embassy in Ottawa.

Past President / Présidente sortante
Shauna Néro
North School District

Shauna Néro est la coordonnatrice du Réseau des enseignant·e·s des programmes en français de la Colombie-Britannique au Bureau des affaires francophones et francophiles de l’Université Simon Fraser. Elle est également la coordonnatrice des programmes de français du conseil scolaire de Mission. Elle a enseigné français langue, sciences humaines et français de base au niveau secondaire à Surrey et était directrice-adjointe dans une école élémentaire d’immersion à double voie à MIssion.