Class Afloat Faculty Member: Lloyd Francis

Posted on 10 August 2018 @ 2:56pm

Class Afloat Faculty Member: Lloyd Francis

Introducing the 2018-2019 Class Afloat Faculty! Meet the team who will lead this year's class as they begin an unforgettable journey.

Lloyd Francis, Political Science 12 & Global History 12

Over the past 5 years, Lloyd has been working as a high school teacher in a remote community on the Arctic Circle in Nunavut Territory. During this time, he has gained an appreciation for Inuit culture and traditions. Lloyd loves the great outdoors and has been able to explore parts of Canada’s Arctic with his classes, seeing all kinds of wildlife such as narwhal, caribou and polar bears. He has experienced temperatures of -65 degrees Celsius! Luckily, it will not be that cold anywhere Class Afloat is sailing.

Lloyd completed a Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science and English from Cape Breton University and a Bachelor of Education from St. Francis Xavier University. While teaching full time, Lloyd recently completed a Master of Education in Leadership and Administration, also from St. Francis Xavier University. Lloyd has been with the Canadian Forces for more than ten years, working with youth through the Canadian Air and Army Cadet programs.

Q&A WITH Lloyd Francis

Question: What makes you most excited about teaching/working with Class Afloat?

I love to travel. I am looking forward to visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures. I have only been to three of the ports on our itinerary. I can’t wait to experience new food, new languages and meet new people. I am also looking forward to the unique challenges and opportunities teaching at sea offers.

Question: What's your best advice for having a great adventure?

The best advice for having a great adventure is to be open-minded, never be afraid to try new things. It’s also important not to get caught up on small details, go with the flow and always look at the bigger picture.

Question: What would be your spirit animal?

I would have to say the raven would be my spirit animal. Not long after moving to Nunavut, my former students gave me the nickname “Tulugaq” which is the Inuktitut word for raven.

Question: Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?

I’d like to say my sense of humour but they would probably say puns, groan-worthy puns.