Les Enseignants

La Directrice - Pamela St. Clair

Bonjour! It is an honor to be 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 eighteen years teaching French at the elementary and high school 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 three 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 arrival with great anticipation as you embark upon an unforgettable journey during this unique immersion experience on the campus of Washington & Lee University.

Famille: Haïtiens
Le Professeur Principal - 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 nine summers. I have taught students in French and Spanish for twenty-one 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 fifteen 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 serve as lead teacher and will teach a course in phonetics at the 2019 Governor’s French Academy.

Famille: Québécois
La Professeure - Julie Smalfelt

Enchantée! I have been a lifelong enthusiast of the French language. I attended the Lycée Français in New York and received my Baccalauréat after having focused on Economics. I obtained a Master’s Degree in French from Tufts University, and wrote my thesis about the episode of la madeleine from Marcel Proust’s Du Côté de Chez Swann. I have many friends and relatives in France and most recently visited during the World Cup this past summer. I have been moved by the powerful sites I have visited, and I look forward to our sharing what I and so many others have experienced as sacred in France.

Famille: Sénégalais
La Professeure - Mary "Micky" Lynch Dubois

Bonjour! Je suis ravie d’être parmi vous! My name is Micky Lynch. I have recently made my home in Louisa County after having spent more than half of my life in France. During these 29 years, I taught English, Spanish and Art to a very large spectrum of students in both age and background. Paralleling my teaching career, my artistic endeavors have always been important to me. I was fortunate to be able to show my 3-dimensional paintings and jewelry in various galleries in and around Paris. Prior to my time abroad, I spent two years as an exchange student in Colombia. I earned a Bachelor degree in Painting and Printmaking from VCU and a Masters in teaching Spanish from UVA.

Famille: Camerounais
La Professeure - Rhode N'komba

Moi c’est Rhode N’komba, and I have been teaching French at Falls Church High School for 5 years. I was born in Douala, Cameroun, educated in both the French and American school systems, and I 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 look forward to teaching Portuguese this year, and I cannot wait to meet everyone!

Famille: Suisses
La Professeure - Elsie Campbell-Hendricks

Bonjour ! My name is Elsie Campbell Hendricks, and it is a privilege to be working at the French Academy this summer. I am a Master’s student at George Mason University, where I study French and Spanish literature, language, linguistics, and pedagogy. My undergraduate degree is from Allegheny College, where I majored in foreign languages and minored in violin performance. I was born in the United States, but I grew up in the French countryside, and I have spent the last ten years of my life learning as much about different languages and cultures as I possibly can. I am delighted to have spent the last four summers working at Académie, and I cannot wait to meet you all this year! My course will be an interdisciplinary exploration of fairy tales around the francophone world.

Les Moniteurs

Famille: Haïtiens

Moniteur Principal- David Gálvez

Salut ! My name is David (pronounced as “Dahbeed”) Gálvez. I plan to major in Global Politics and Romance Languages as a student at Washington and Lee University. I am very passionate about foreign languages/cultures and, without a doubt, these interests were strengthened through my own experience as a participant of the 2016 French Academy. Fortunately for me, I am excited to say that this summer I have the privilege of working with all of you as your Lead Resident Assistant. See you soon!

Famille: Québécois

Monitrice- Charlotte Davis

Bonjour! My name is Charlotte Davis and I’m a rising sophomore at Christopher Newport University (CNU). I am a double major in French and Business, with a minor in Computer Science. I attended the French Academy as a student in 2017, and am glad to be back as a mono! I’ve been learning French for seven years and am excited to share my passion for the French language with you. In addition to speaking French, I enjoy playing soccer (I play for the CNU Women’s Soccer Team), doing art, dancing, gardening, and hiking. I can't wait to meet everyone this summer!

Famille: Camerounais

Moniteur- Harrison McBride

Salut! My name is Harrison McBride and I am a rising sophomore at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. I am planning on majoring in International Politics while minoring in French and Art History. I participated in the French Academy in 2017 and am so excited to return as a mono this summer! I have been learning French since middle school and have become very passionate about French culture as a result. Outside of French, I enjoy running, journalism, and environmental activism. I am very excited to meet everyone and can’t wait to have an incredible experience!

Famille: Suisses

Monitrice- Haleigh Tomlin

Bonjour! My name is Haleigh Tomlin and I am a first-year student at Washington and Lee. I have not yet decided what I would like to major in, but I am considering Math and Journalism. This is my 5th year learning French, so I may also get a minor in the language, but no matter what I choose, I will remain passionate about speaking French! One of my favorite things to do is run, but I love almost all sports and games. I also love to dance, watch movies/TV shows, and read. I cannot wait to spend a couple weeks with you this summer!

Famille: Haïtiens

Monitrice-Alexandra “Sasha” Hoyt

Salut! My name is Alexandra Hoyt, though I usually go by Sasha. I graduated last Spring from UVA having majored in Chemistry and Cognitive Science, with a minor in French. Since September, I have been teaching English in three primary schools in Saint-Quentin, France. I enjoy cooking, watching francophone films, and going on long walks. This Fall I will be attending W&L Law, where I hope to explore my interest in intellectual property law. I am very excited to be a monitrice at the French Academy this summer, and I can’t wait to meet you all! A tout à l’heure!

Famille: Sénégalais

Monitrice-Sophia Youngdahl

Salut! My name is Sophia Youngdahl and I’m a rising freshman at Grinnell College- I’m hoping to study Anthropology and International Relations! Since September I have been living with a (wonderful) host family in Tivaouane, Senegal on a gap year. I took French throughout high school, then in Senegal used it as a means to learn Wolof (the language I now primarily speak here) and teach English. I am incredibly passionate about learning through other languages and cultures, a passion initially grown from learning Spanish as a child. In addition, I love to write, sing, hike, and make bad puns. I am so excited to be a montrice this summer, and I very much look forward to meeting everyone! Ba bennen yoon!