|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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!
|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.