|La Directrice - Catherine Mazzola
My name is Catherine Mazzola. It is my pleasure to serve as the director of the Académie Française. This summer will be my fifth at the Académie and the third that I will serve as director of this program. I am thrilled to meet you, our 2018 Académiciens, and am committed to working with my team of teachers and resident assistants to make this as rewarding and enriching an experience as possible for all of us. By the start of the Académie, I will have completed my 10th year as a high school French teacher. I currently teach French levels 3-6, as well as AP & IB classes at Midlothian High School in Chesterfield County, VA. I was born in Toulouse and attended French public schools through age 12, so am a near native speaker of French.
|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 eight summers. I have taught students in French and Spanish for twenty years at Monticello High School, where I also organize a homestay exchange program with students at a lycée 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 thirteen 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 la culture du monde francophone. I will serve as lead teacher and will teach a course in phonetics at the 2018 Governor’s French Academy.
|Le Professeur - Ivan Ozbolt
My name is Ivan Ozbolt. I am from the eastern suburbs of Paris and came to the United States to study. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in anthropology, focusing on issues of language shift and preservation in Native American communities. My dissertation focused on tribal members’ attitudes and ideologies towards their ancestral language in the Chickasaw community. I went on to work for another tribal community for two years. I am now a full-time ESL teacher. I also love to teach French. This will be my second year at the French Academy and I am very excited. I love to learn about other people’s cultures, languages, and life experiences. I also love traveling, long-distance running, the outdoors, the arts, and being intellectually challenged.
|Le Professeur - Taron Ware
Bonjour! My name is Taron Ware and it is truly a pleasure for me to return as a teacher to the 2018 edition of the Virginia Governor’s French Academy. I am originally from Bedford, Virginia, but have spent the past decade of my life studying the French language and French-speaking cultures. As an académicien myself in 2010, I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 where I was a recipient of the VCU West Africa Grant, which allowed me to spend four weeks in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Since then I have lived in France as an English teacher, and by the time the 2018 Academy starts, I will have completed my second year as a French teacher in Floyd County, Virginia. This will be my sixth year working for the French Academy, and I look forward to it each time! My course will deal with cultural diversity in the francophone world.
|La Professeure - Rhode N'komba
My name is Rhode N’komba, and I’ve been a French Teacher at Falls Church High School for 4 years. I was born in Douala, Cameroun, educated in both the French and American school systems, and I attended the Spanish Language Academy. I graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2012 with a degree in Global Studies, and through my travels and life experiences, I am fluent in many languages. I look forward to teaching Portuguese/Francophonie this year, and I cannot wait to meet this year’s Académiciens.
|Le Professeur - Quentin Legouy
My name is Quentin Legouy. I am from the Loire Valley Region in France. I earned my BA at Paris-Sorbonne University in History. After a year in Erasmus at University College London, I did my MA in European Studies and International relations at Paris VIII. I taught at the Académie two years ago, and I will be pleased to be back this year to teach a course on the presence of French in the Americas. I was Teaching-Assistant in French at Washington and Lee University in 2013-2014, and have also worked for the French-American Foundation as project manager. I teach French and History at a high school in France. The course I will be teaching at the French Academy is L’Amérique francophone and explore the rich history of French in America.
|La Monitrice Principale - Elsie Hendricks
Bonjour ! My name is Elsie Campbell Hendricks, and I have just graduated from Allegheny College, where I studied French, Spanish, German, and music performance. My love of languages was born during the six years I lived in France as a child, where I learned to speak, read, and think à la française. It has been my privilege to work at the French Academy for the past three years, and I am delighted to be taking on the position of Lead Resident Assistant this summer. À très bientôt !
|La Monitrice - Emma Rabuse
My name is Emma Rabuse and I am a sophomore at Washington and Lee University. I am a double major in French and global politics, and I am so glad to be back at the French Academy this year! I attended the academy as a student in 2015, and worked as an RA in 2017. I've been learning French for six years now and I am so excited to share what I've learned with our students.
|Le Moniteur - Matthew Cullom
My name is Matthew Cullom and I am a senior at Georgetown University majoring in International Economics and minoring in French. As an attendee of the 2012 French Academy, I am very excited to return to Washington & Lee as an RA after graduation this May! I have spent almost two of my last four years working, studying, or traveling in France or Francophone countries. After my sophomore year of college, I moved to northern France, where I worked for local government in a historic town called Saint-Omer. Afterwards, I moved to Paris to study International Relations for two semesters at Sciences Po. Finally, this past summer I had the honor of interning at the U.S. Embassy in Paris for three months. A few of my hobbies include playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, listening to French music, and watching French cinema. This summer I’m most excited to coach the French Academy’s soccer team to victory and watch the French national team compete at the 2018 World Cup in Russia!
|Le Moniteur - Alex Rush
My name is Alejandro Samuel Rush, or Alex. I am a first-year student at the University of Virginia studying Foreign Affairs and Arabic. I was born in Lexington, Virginia, but have lived in Spain (where my mother is from) and the United Arab Emirates (2010-2013). I attended the Foreign Language Academy two years ago and had an incredible experience. As such, I look forward to making sure this year's academy attendees have an equally incredible experience.
|La Monitrice - Jamie Wulfekuhle
Hi! I’m Jamie Wulfekuhle! I am a French Teacher in Colonial Heights VA. I have my masters in French Teaching from Southern Oregon University. Prior to teaching I was a professional adventurer; I taught English abroad, volunteered with AmeriCorps, and worked with adolescents as a field guide in wilderness therapy. I love dancing, traveling, yoga, playing sports, and creative endeavors.
|La Monitrice - Amy Rose
Salut! My name is Amy Rose and I'm a sophomore studying geospatial intelligence and aviation systems engineering at George Mason University. I graduated from the Spanish Academy in 2015 and am very excited to be back as a mono for the French Academy! In addition to learning foreign languages, I like to spend my free time playing with my dogs, watching movies, and rock climbing. Can't wait to meet you, à bientôt!