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Rhode N’Komba
Moi c’est Edding (Rhode) N’komba, and I have been teaching French at Falls Church High School for 9 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, I am fluent in many languages. I have been an RA and teacher at l’Académie for several years and am eager to serve as Director this year. I cannot wait to meet everyone!
Rex Hamaker
I have attended the Academy as a student, counselor, and lead teacher, and I am thrilled to return to the Academy as Lead Teacher after a 10 year hiatus. I had no idea when I took my first French class in middle school in Virginia Beach that my life would be defined by language teaching and learning. I studied French all the way through university and spent a semester in Angers, France and later taught for a year in Chartres, France. After my MA in Linguistics from Old Dominion University, I spent 5 years teaching English in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I am currently back in Virginia Beach, my hometown, teaching high school French.
Melissa Petroski
Je m’appelle Melissa Petroski. I have been teaching French and Spanish for 20 years. I moved from my childhood home on Long Island, New York to Virginia last August (2021), the day before I started my new position at Walton Middle School in Charlottesville. I studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received my Master’s degree from California State University at Dominguez Hills. I love to travel, create, cook, eat, and play. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to participate in the Language Academy, and I cannot wait to speak French with you all for three weeks!
Danielle Karaky
Bienvenue à l’Académie! I am originally from Lebanon where I grew up learning French and Arabic. I had the opportunity to travel and study in Montpellier France and later on in Indiana at PURDUE University where I graduated with a Masters degree in French Literature and Education. I’ve been enjoying teaching for over 22 years. 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 rewarded when my students decide to continue learning French beyond the classroom environment. I love traveling, 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 working with you all at the Academy. À bientôt!
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 recently published the novel “Ces Couleurs qui nous Trompent” (These Colors that deceive us). This year I published poetry “Cuando las ondas se hielan.” I have a deep knowledge of France, Spain, Canada, Ecuador, obviously Cameroon and the USA.
David Galvez
Salut à tous. I am a recent graduate of Washington & Lee University, where I studied languages, politics, and education. This summer, I have the pleasure of being your teacher. Outside the classroom, I enjoy running, reading poetry, and drinking passion fruit juice. As an aspiring polyglot, I am interested in French, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. I hope that your time with the Académie will both inspire and nurture a passion for learning languages as the immersion program did for me when I was a student in 2016.

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Sharon Mendieta Ramirez
Bonjour ! My name is Sharon Mendieta Ramirez, and I am a rising senior studying Romance Languages and Education at Washington and Lee University. I first started learning French during my freshman year of high school and fell in love with language learning ever since. My dream is to become a language teacher one day. As an education minor, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant at W&L and Maury River Middle School. On campus, I serve as the President of the Francophone Student Organization (FSO) and Community Coordinator for the organization English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). During my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, singing, and drawing. I am honored to be the Lead Mentor for the French Academy this year and I cannot wait to meet everyone soon!
Kendra Diaz
COUCOU! My name is Kendra Diaz! I am one of the wonderful mentors at the 2022 French Academy. I was a student at the academy in 2019. I have been studying French for 7 years now! I currently know 3 languages, English, Spanish, and French, but I hope to learn more in the future! I am currently a student at VCU and hope to graduate in 2024 and then attend dental school! I’m super excited for you to join us at the academy!
Henry Shifflett
Bonjour tout le monde! My name is Henry Shifflett, and I am very excited to be working with you as a mono this year. I’m from Richmond, Virginia, and have lived there my whole life. I attended the academy in 2019 and was a mono in 2021, and I am looking forward to finally being back in person at the academy! I am a second-year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in both French and Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law. I can’t wait to meet you all and spend three great weeks together! À bientôt!
Hannah Wangler
Bonjour à toutes et à tous! My name is Hannah (pronounced in French as “Anna”) Wangler. As a rising senior 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 Française 2018) and I am so honored to return as a Mentor 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! À bientôt!
Sankeethna Vedamtam
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 Mentors. À plutard!
Neville Permel
Hello bonjour! My name is Neville. I’m an alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University where I studied French and Spanish. I mentored at the academy in 2020 which was an amazing experience. I’ve spent the past school year teaching English to middle schoolers in Tours, France. I’ve spent most of my life in Virginia but I’ve also lived in both Caen and Tours, France. It showed me just how much an immersion environment benefits language. I’m so excited to get to know everyone and parler français.