About the Author
Francisca Epale comes from a transcultural background. Her father, the late Dr. Simon Joseph Epale (DPhil Oxford), originated from Cameroon, while her mother, late Tessa Eunice Epale came from Jamaica. A bilingual educator by profession, she has taught English as a second language and French at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Her contributions are drawn directly from more than 20 years of teaching junior/high schools, colleges, universities, and language schools in the United States of America, Canada, and China. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA; a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Minnesota State University, USA; and has received many certificates, such as the Triple Crown designation from Toastmasters (which means she completed three education awards in the same year: CL- Competent Leader; ACB- Advanced Communication Bronze and ALB- Advanced Leadership Bronze) and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification with a specialization in Business English. With much interest in personal development, she graduated from the Landmark Forum as well as My Dreams Work, Inc.
She is currently an accredited community French interpreter and has been selected to appear on MCIS (Multicultural Community and Interpreter Services) newsletter under the rubric of interpreter success stories
both held in Toronto, Canada. As an independent certified John Maxwell coach, teacher, and speaker, she is available for leadership training, lunch and learns, and speaking engagements. For more information please visit www.JohnMaxwellGroup.com/franciscaepale
. The areas she enjoys speaking about are: leadership, teaching English abroad, and personal development; and her niches are educators, women in leadership, and network marketing entrepreneurs.
The Naked Educator is Francisca’s first book. However, she has written nine poems entitled: Life, Work, Love, Beauty, Education, Puberty, Fear, War, and Death. Additional writing includes three blog posts: The ABC’S of Toastmasters, Skills Acquired from Membership in Toastmasters, and A Memorable Way of Making Introductions at Networking Events. Her Master’s degree thesis was on Language Teaching Problems in a Multilingual and Multicultural Community: The Case of the Republic of Cameroon.
Francisca is a columnist for the African Immigrant magazine (Canada's premier African magazine). She has been featured in l’ Express, a French newspaper in Toronto.
The author is a member of Kingdom Speakers Toastmasters Association. Her interests include writing, aqua fit, brisk walking, and traveling.