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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.