Pascal Montéville, Program Director
After working at SYA from 1986 to 1990, Pascal Montéville spent three years in the States, teaching at Phillips Academy and California’s Thacher School, after which he returned to work at SYA France. During fall semester 2009, Pascal taught history at SYA Vietnam, and then returned again to his hometown of Rennes. Pascal teaches four sections of French Society & Culture, is in charge of the extracurricular activities program, coordinates numerous special events with local organizations and schools in Rennes, as well as other European schools outside of France, and serves as an academic advisor. He somehow manages to squeeze in teaching French to foreigners at the University of Rennes and directing their theater program. From 2000 to 2007, Pascal led the Loomis Chaffee summer program in France which then transformed in 2008 into the SYA summer program. Pascal and his wife, Isabelle, an artist and a former librarian at the Franco-American Institute, have two young daughters.
Marie-Anne André-Dumon, French Teacher
Marie-Anne André-Dumon joined School Year Abroad in 1998, after having taught for 10 years in French public high schools. At SYA, Marie-Anne teaches four sections of literature, helping her students to grasp the subtleties of La Fontaine, Voltaire and other writers covered in the curriculum. She is a key figure of the SYA summer program for which she has been working from the beginning. When she isn’t teaching, Marie-Anne is most likely riding horseback, running, or supervising the studies of her two daughters, Hannah and Victoria. Marie-Anne’s husband is an artist and lycée art teacher.
Jocelyne Paillette-Bigot, French Teacher
Jocelyne started her professional career as an English teacher in a French high school before she moved to Canada for a year to teach French as a second language. Since her return to France, Jocelyne has been working extensively in this field, mainly at the University level with foreign students. She also works for different programs helping adults to learn French and to adapt to the country. Jocelyne joined the SYA summer team in 2008. Jocelyne is not only passionate and dedicated to language; she is also an avid traveler.
Camille Folmer, French Teacher
Although she is the youngest member of the team, Camille already has strong experience in teaching French as a second language to young adults and adolescents. During the year, she works at the University of Rennes for their program for foreign students as well as for the CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange). She also lived for one year in Durban (South Africa) as a student. This is her second year with the SYA summer program.