|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!
|Le Professeur - Barry Keith
Bonjour ! Je m'appelle Barry Keith. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia and was one of the Academy’s first student participants in 1987, and have returned as a teacher the past ten summers. I have taught students in French and Spanish for twenty-two years at Monticello High School, where I also organize a homestay exchange program with students at the Lycée Ledoux in Besançon, France, advise members of the National and French National Honor Societies, and coach the Scholastic Bowl Team and Chess Team. I have also served the College Board as an AP Reader in French for sixteen years. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from the College of William & Mary and a Master’s of Education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. I have three children. I enjoy reading,Scrabble© brand crossword game, and les gens, la langue, et les cultures du monde francophone. I will teach a course in phonetics at the 2020 Governor’s French Academy.
|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 third 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-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 degree in Art 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) and now I am a Spanish teacher at Massaponax High School. I am passionate about reading and traveling. The countries visited deeply are: France, Spain, Canada, Ecuador obviously Cameroon and the USA. The book I’m reading now: Born in Blood & Fire by Chasteen and Pour qui Sonne le Glas by Ernest Hemingway. I speak fluent Bassa, Beti (vernacular languages of my country), French and Spanish.
|Le Professeur-Daniel Trice
Coucou, tout le monde! I live in Richmond and teach at Glen Allen H.S. I was born in Sweden and came to Central VA when I was 5 years old so language learning has always been a big part of my life. My mom was a French teacher which got me interested in French in middle school and in high school I met several French exchange students my age which REALLY got me interested in learning French. I attended VCU and have degrees in both French and Spanish. While at VCU I was able to study abroad in La Rochelle and I was an intern at the French Film Festival. I did post-graduate work at the University of Córdoba and the University of Messina.
|Moniteur Principal- David Gálvez
Salut à toutes et tous,
My name is David (pronounced as “Dahbeed”) Gálvez. I plan to major in Romance Languages and minor in Education Policy and Computer Science as a student at Washington and Lee University. I am very passionate about foreign languages and, without a doubt, this interest was strengthened through my own experience as a participant of the 2016 French Academy. I am excited to say that this summer I have the privilege of working with all of you as your Moniteur Principal.
Bonjour, je m'appelle Neville Permel. I study French and Spanish at Virginia Commonwealth University where I just finished my third year. I also spend a semester in Caen, France studying at the University of Caen-Normandy. I hope after graduating to teach English as a foreign language in France.
In addition to foreign languages I also love the arts. I play upright bass in the VCU symphony and I went to arts academies all throughout middle and high school. I'm also a huge theater geek and love basically any kind of performance.
I'm so excited to be working as a mono this semester and I'm so excited to get to know all of the students. À bientôt.
Salut! My name is Jordan Hostetter and I am currently a Junior at Virginia Tech with a double major in National Security & Foreign Affairs and French. The French language and its culture has been a passion of mine for nearly a decade now, and I can't wait to share my experiences and love for French with you all! I attended the academy in 2016, and my time there as an académicienne was truly unforgettable, and I'm so excited to return as a mono. I enjoy playing sports, listening to music/attending concerts and eating foods of cultures that differ from my own. Again, I can't wait to meet you all and I'll see everyone soon!
Salut! My name is Amy and I am very happy to be back at Governor's School for the 3rd time! I attended the Spanish Academy in 2015 and worked as a mono and Portuguese teacher at the French Academy in 2018. I graduated from George Mason University in 2019 with my BS in Geography and Aviation Systems Engineering and currently I am in their MS program in Geospatial Intelligence. In my free time, I love to play the violin in a university chamber trio, fly general aviation airplanes, and play with my 2 dogs. I can't wait to get to know all of you!
Salut! My name is Sydney Nolley and I’m a rising sophomore at the University of Lynchburg. I am a double major in French and Political Science, and work as a French tutor in our Language Lab. I am so excited to be working as a Monitrice at the French Academy this year, as I attended the Academy in 2018. I’ve been learning French for 6 years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share what I’ve learned and my passion for the language and culture with this year’s académiciens. Outside of classes, I enjoy reading and am involved in a book club at my school! I am also involved with the Lynchburg Democrats and a club called GirlLove on campus. I love musicals and comedy tv shows as well as French music and shows. I can’t wait to meet everyone participating this year and have a wonderful time at the Academy!
Bonjour ! My name is Bryan Dubois and I’m doing a master’s degree in International Law at the University Paris Nanterre. I graduated last year from the same university with a French law degree.As you all guessed I’m French-American and what an honor it is to have this dual citizenship.
I’ve been living my entire life in the city of Ermont which is in the suburbs of Paris.
I love Football (the European one ! i can't call it soccer, sorry) and Geopolitics.
I am very excited to be a moniteur at the French Academy this summer, and I can’t wait to meet you all!