Les Enseignants

La Directrice - Pamela St. Clair

Bonjour! It is an honor to introduce myself as the Director of the Académie Française! This summer experience will prove to be a great adventure in fostering your love of the French language and culture.
I have a Master’s degree in French from the American University in Washington D.C. and have spent the last 19 years teaching French at the elementary, high school and college level. I am currently the World Language Department Chair at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Virginia as well as the Virginia Director of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. I spent 3 years studying and working in Paris and am excited to work with an excellent team of World Language professionals, teachers and resident assistants who will impart their knowledge of French with you.
I am awaiting your virtual arrival with great anticipation as you embark upon an unforgettable journey during this unique digital immersion experience! .
La Professeure Principale - Rhode N'komba

Moi c’est Rhode N’komba, and I have been teaching French at Falls Church High School for 6 years. I was born in Douala, Cameroun, educated in the French and American school systems, and attended the Spanish Language Academy in 2007. I graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2012 with a degree in Global Studies, and thanks to my travels and experiences, am fluent in many languages. I have been an RA and teacher at l’Académie for several years and am eager to serve as Lead Teacher this year. I look forward to teaching Portuguese and cannot wait to meet everyone!
La Professeure - Mary "Micky" Lynch Conner

Bonjour! Je suis ravie (and honored) d’être parmi vous for my second year as a teacher at the Governor’s French Academy. My name is Micky Lynch Conner and I am presently completing my fourth year as a Spanish teacher at Louisa County High School. Before having returned to the United States, I lived in France for more than half of my life. Over the span of these 29 years, my teaching career in English, Spanish and Art has been rich and diverse with students of all ages and backgrounds. Paralleling this teaching career, my artistic endeavors have always been essential to me. I was fortunate to have been able to show my 3-dimensional painting and silversmith jewelry in shows and galleries in and around Paris. Prior to my time abroad, I spent two years as an exchange student in Colombia from which my passion for this culture, Spanish and the learning of other languages originated. I earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCU and a MAT from UVA in Spanish and teaching.
La Professeure - Danielle Diab Karaky

Bonjour les amis! Je suis tellement heureuse et impatiente de rejoindre votre équipe à l'Académie cette année!
I am originally from Lebanon where I grew up learning French and Arabic since I was little. I had the opportunity to travel and study in Montpellier France and later on in Indiana at PURDUE University where I taught French and graduated with a Masters degree in French Literature and Education. I’ve been enjoying teaching for over 21 years. I taught all levels of classes, from elementary and middle to high school and college. Currently I am teaching at Washington-Liberty HS in Arlington and I am the World languages department chair as well. I am a strong advocate that a foreign language is learned through a fully immersed environment. I am passionate about my teaching. I am rewarded when my students decide to continue learning French beyond the classroom environment. I love travelling, cooking, listening to music and walking in nature. My multi-language skills were my passport to travel all around the world, connect with people and learn from other cultures. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all at the Academy. À bientôt!
La Professeure - Delphine Ngo KATTAL

Chaleureux salut à tous ! Excitant voyage qui fait pétiller la sapience !
The name my father gave me is: Delphine Ngo Kattal
I am from French-speaking Cameroon with French as my first language, and in my school curriculum I studied languages ​​and philosophy. In turn I studied at the University of Yaoundé, Hagerstown Community college, Mary Washington University, Deusto University in Spain and finally George Mason University. I hold a master's degree in Art with a concentration in French and Spanish. I have taught in Cameroon (French & Spanish), in the USA at Merit School Stafford (Spanish), George Mason University (French 110), Massaponax High School (Spanish) and now I am a Spanish teacher at Skyline High School. I am passionate about reading and traveling. I published my first novel this year “Ces Couleurs qui nous Trompent” (These Colors that deceive us) The countries visited deeply are: France, Spain, Canada, Ecuador obviously Cameroon and the USA.
Le Professeur - Philippe Pansiot

Bonjour les Académiciens! I am very impatient to meet you! Some info about me, in the meantime:

I am French. I was born in Paris. I have lived 28 years in Paris before moving to the US (North Carolina, Florida and then Virginia).
I have a master's in French and Francophone Languages and Literatures from The Sorbonne. I have taught French in various universities: at FAU in Florida, at Vtech, VMI and EMU in Virginia. Currently, I teach French in middle and high school in the Roanoke County Public Schools system.
I am a specialist of Marguerite Duras, a French writer and director (she is, of course, my favorite writer!!).
I do write a lot of fiction but I have only published research articles on literature so far (yes, on Marguerite Duras, you got it right! and actually a big – 700 pages - dictionary about her has just been published, in which I wrote several articles!).
I draw, paint, and make digital creation using Photoshop CC.
I am very interested in Ontology, Metaphysics, and Quantum Physics in the way it can inform Philosophy and Literature.
My favorite videogame is… Zelda Ocarina of Time, that I played on Nintendo 64!

Les Moniteurs

Monitrice Principal - Sophie Youngdahl

Bonjour tout le monde!
My name is Sophie, and I’m so excited to work with you all! I’m a student at Grinnell College, and I plan to major in Religious Studies and Studio art. I have a great passion for foreign languages, and my love for French in particular comes from a post-high school gap year spent in Tivaouane, Senegal, and my subsequent time as a Mono in the 2019 French Academy. My hobbies include reading, singing, and anything outdoors. I can’t wait to meet you all, and I’m eager to see what this experience will bring to you!
À plus!
Moniteur -Henry Shifflett

Salut!
I am Henry Shifflett. I am a student at the University of Virginia, and I am planning on double majoring in politics and French. I have always had a passion for the French language and culture, and I was grateful to be able to explore and develop these interests when I was at the academy in 2019. I look forward to meeting all of you, and I hope I can help to make your experience at the academy as impactful and memorable as my own!
À bientot!

Monitrice -Sankeerthna Vedamtam

Salut à tout le monde!
My name is Sankeerthna (pronounced as it’s spelled) Vedamtam, and I plan to major in Romance Languages and Psychology as a student at Bryn Mawr College. I adore learning new languages, and my fantastic immersion experience as part of the 2019 French Academy influenced my decision to pursue not just French, but Spanish and Italian as part of my studies. I’m so excited to work with all of you this summer as one of your Resident Assistants.
À plutard!
Monitrice - Hannah Wangler

Bonjour à toutes et à tous!
My name is Hannah (pronounced in French as “Anna”) Wangler. As a rising junior at James Madison University, I’m majoring in Modern Foreign Languages with a Concentration in French, and minors in Education, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, and French Business. My interests include painting, baking, reading, and spending time with my family and Airedale Terrier, Teddy! The best three weeks of my life no doubt were those at the 2018 Virginia Summer Governor’s Language Academy for French (L’académie Français 2018) and I am so honored to return as a Resident Assistant/Monitrice this summer! Ever since my time at the academy at 2018, I’ve dreamed of becoming a French professor and I cannot wait to share my passion for French with other academy participants in June!
A bientôt!

Moniteur - Ben Onguene

Bonjour à tout le monde!
My name is Ben and I am a student at the University of Mary Washington studying international affairs with a minor in Spanish. On a day to day basis this major consists of studying major global affairs, history and languages. Cultural studies have been a part of my life since I can remember and likewise I enjoy and love foreign languages. Some of my other hobbies include music, dancing, sports and watching anything in Spanish or French. Enchanté de faire votre connaissance et à bientôt!


Monitrice - Anaïs Malangu

My name is Anaïs, I am a student at the University of Mary Washington studying geography with a minor in social justice. Interpreting maps and learning about different communities is an academic passion of mine for sure. Likewise, foreign languages and cultures have always been a great interest of mine. I can’t wait to meet you all and learn more from everyone. Aside from languages, some of my interests and hobbies also include reading, spending time outdoors, and watching documentaries.
À trѐs bientôt!