Enseignants et Moniteurs


MAZZOLA, Catherine (Directrice) It is my pleasure to serve as the director of the Académie Française. This summer will be my fourth at the Académie and the second that I will serve as director of this program. I am thrilled to meet you, our 2017 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 9th 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.
KEITH, Barry (Professeur principal) I grew up in the Charlottesville area and participated in one of the first Académies as a student. During my studies at the College of William and Mary,I spent a year in Montpellier, France.  I have taught students in French I, II, III, IV, and AP French V, and Spanish I, II, and III, at Monticello High School since 1998. I have established an exchange program between students at MHS and those at the Lycée Claude Nicolas Ledoux in Besançon, France, as a part of the cultural and educational exchange between sister cities Charlottesville and Besançon. I have graded AP French exams for the College Board for a week each summer since 2005. I have taught a phonetics course at the Académie each summer since 2010.
WARE, Taron Bonjour, y’all! I was born and raised in Bedford, Virginia but thanks to having studied French, I’ve been all over the place! I was an Académicien at l’Académie Française 2010, so I know first hand what an amazing, enriching experience it is to be totally immersed in French language for three weeks. As a student at VCU,  I was awarded a travel grant to study in French-speaking West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, respectively) where I stayed with host families and spoke uniquely in French for a period of four weeks. Last year I was an English teaching assistant with TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) and I am now a French teacher at Floyd County High School in Floyd, Virginia.  I look forward to sharing my adventures with the Académiciens and Académiciennes for my fifth consecutive year at the 2017 Governor’s French Academy! À bientôt!
N’KOMBA, Rhode My name is Rhode N’komba and I’ve been teaching French at Falls Church High School since 2014. I was born in Douala, Cameroun, but have lived in and traveled to many different countries. I completed my Global Studies major (European & East Asian) at The College of William and Mary in 2012, and aspire to someday join the foreign service. For a polyglot such as myself, the Governor’s Language Academy is a dream, and I am beyond thrilled to offer instruction in Portuguese to fellow language lovers this summer.
OZBOLT, Ivan 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 PhD 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 the Citizen Potawatomi Nation language department for two years. I also have experience and a strong interest in teaching French and ESL. I love to learn about other people’s cultures, languages, and life experiences, traveling, long-distance running, the outdoors, the arts, and being intellectually challenged.
TRUMBO-TUAL, Matt I am a doctoral student in French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. I study early 20th century French literature and sociolinguistics. I have taught French language and culture classes at Columbia for five years. I grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia but am Franco-American and have also lived in Lyon and Paris.  This will be my third year as a teacher at the Académie.  I am gladdened to share my passion for French poetry with you.


GRAY, Michelle (Monitrice principale) It’s my pleasure to be back at the French Academy as this summer’s Lead RA. I am currently working on a Master’s Degree at Paris Diderot University where I study all things English and American… from a French point of view. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in French and studied for a year in Lyon. I also worked as an English teaching assistant in Belfort. I enjoy running at the state park in my hometown of Virginia Beach. I can’t wait to meet you fellow French language enthusiasts!
DeSOUZA, Nick I am a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University who grew up speaking French at home in Falls Church, Virginia. Ever since graduating from high school, I have jumped at opportunities to incorporate French language and culture into my life. My love for everything Francophone has led me to pursue a French independent study about France’s proprietary champagne market, work for the French Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia, and travel to several French speaking countries. For the past two summers, I have come to appreciate how rewarding an experience immersive summer programs are working for VCU and the Boy Scouts of America. Now, I am thrilled to immerse myself in the culture I have grown so fond of as an RA at the Académie Française this summer.
HENDRICKS, Elsie Bonjour!! I’m a rising senior at Allegheny College, where I am deeply invested in my European Studies major and my Violin Performance minor. I have a rather absurd love of languages and cultures, and I am currently studying the literature, culture, language and history of France, Spain, Germany and England. I was born in the United States, but I spent most of my childhood in rural France, where I went to public school for six years. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be an RA at the Académie Française for the last two summers and I am delighted to once again be a part of this incredible program. À bientôt!
RABUSE, Emma Bonjour! My name is Emma Rabuse, and I am from Chesapeake, Virginia.  I am a rising sophomore at Washington and Lee University. I am currently studying French, politics, and music. I was a student at the French Academy in 2015. The experience of being immersed in the language and learning more about Francophone cultures and societies has enriched me significantly as a student and person. I had a wonderful experience as an Académicienne and I am excited to return as a mono this year!
PARKS, Isabel Bonjour! My name is Isabel Parks. I am a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College. I am planning to double major in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) and in English (with a concentration in creative writing). I plan to study in Paris this upcoming Fall and pursue an externship there in the winter. Along with Emma, I attended the French Academy in 2015. I am beyond excited to meet all of you and to come back to the Academy as a mono.
WRIGHT, Kristine Salut! I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and I attended the Académie myself as a high school student during the summer of 2013! I am currently studying English and French at the University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland and I will graduate in 2018. This year, however, I have been studying at the Université Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France. Throughout my time at St Andrews and at the Sorbonne, I have been fortunate enough to travel widely around Europe and also to China and Morocco. I greatly appreciate other cultures, cuisines, literatures, and languages, and I can’t wait to be a part of the wonderful Académie experience for other students!