Claire Gilchrist (Wells)

Teaching French in the Richmond School District Elementary (French)

Claire Gilchrist (Wells)Originally from Victoria, Claire has called Vancouver (and UBC) her home since 2002. A lifelong lover of languages and literature, she completed a BA in English Literature, a BEd with a specialization in French Language and Global Studies (FLAGS), and a Masters of Education in Modern Language Education.

Besides keeping UBC in business, she has been working as a French teacher. The education she received from the dedicated profs at UBC has prepared her well for the many different teaching contexts she has found herself in, working in both public and private schools in the Lower Mainland and also a high school in France. Claire opted to spend her first post-BEd year in France as an English Assistant, which really boosted her French proficiency and helped land her a French teaching job as soon as she returned to Vancouver. Last September she was offered a scholarship to do a research project in Grenoble, France, and she took a four-month leave to collect the data. The project centres around the different types of biases that people can have when evaluating language competency. Now that she is back home in Vancouver, she is working by distance with a French professor to analyse the data and to write up a report of her work.

She is currently employed teaching French in the Richmond School District, where she is fortunate to have students with many different language and culture backgrounds to enrich her classes. She looks forward to many more years of discovery and learning.

When she is not being scholarly, Claire likes to be outside, and spends as much time as possible in the mountains.