France Faculty and Staff

Bonjour and welcome,

Spending a high school year abroad at SYA France will be one of the most exciting and meaningful educational experiences you will ever have. I know that it will be difficult to study abroad for nine months, but I can guarantee you that it will change your life for the better.

Our school occupies a beautiful, 19th century manor house in the city center of Rennes, just two blocks away from the well-known Thabor Garden and many other historic landmarks. You will live with a carefully selected French host family; engage in an exciting curriculum that brings French language, culture and art to life; and travel extensively to some of the most interesting parts of this amazing country. SYA France’s faculty includes both American and French teachers: our English and Math teachers hail from some of the best independent schools in the U.S., while our French faculty-members are well-versed in teaching American students.

What truly helps bring SYA to life, however, are the first-hand testimonials of our students. Year after year, our students share how stunning it is go to school as well as live in this vivid, youthful and quintessentially French city; that occasionally they take a moment to stop and take note of the beauty, the paradoxes and the vibrancy of life in Rennes. They feel that travel has opened their eyes to possibilities they could not have otherwise imagined and that new relationships have taught them who they are. They experience the great gift of fresh local produce; they discover the intricacies and delights of French cuisine as part of their weekly diet. They study and come to understand the complexities of the French identity. They even follow the traces of the lost generation writers in Paris and witness the formation of the latest art trends. Academically, they attain the highest degree of fluency in their spoken and written French and culturally they now view their lives at home through a new lens. I love sharing the transformative experience that SYA offers with a new group of students each year, and watching them grow into mature, independent and worldly young adults.

SYA gives you the opportunity to spend junior or senior year of high school making France another place to call home. If you or your parents have any questions about France or the program, feel free to contact our Admissions Office at 978.725.6828 who will be glad to answer your questions, tell you about our school in Rennes and the SYA experience. I look forward to welcoming you to our school!


Dr. Elizabeth Evans
Resident Director
SYA France

SYA France Resident DirectorDr. Elizabeth Evans, Resident Director

Dr. Elizabeth Evans joins SYA with considerable experience in the diverse roles of administrator, professor, teacher, researcher, published author, and curriculum designer. Evans brings 25 years of experience teaching French language and culture at both the K-12 and university levels. She most recently served as Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she taught French and methods of foreign language teaching, and served as the coordinator of the world language teacher education program. Evans is extensively involved in service to the field of foreign language teaching and learning, including work with the Advanced Placement (AP) French Language and Culture exam, and has presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) seven times since 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in French Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY.

France Faculty and Staff

Marie-Anne André-Dumon (1999)
French Literature
BA University of Nantes

Kimberly Baker (2011)
BA, MA Eastern Michigan University

Severine Bordeau (2015)
French Language
BS, BS, MA University of Rennes

Dominique Borotra (2016)
French Language
BS, MA University of Poitiers

Sophie Boynton (2000)
Administrative Assistant

Dr. Elizabeth Evans (2017)
Resident Director
BA SUNY Albany, MA University of Colorado, PhD University of Iowa

Jeanne Frelaut (2006)
Host Family Coordinator

Dr. Jean-Philippe Lemée (1981)
Art History, Coordinator of Student Travel
BA, MA, PhD University of Rennes

Pascal Montéville (1986)
Political Science and Global Issues, Coordinator of Special Programs, Director of Summer Program
BA University of Rennes

Kevin Mylod (2017)
BS Villanova University, BA University of Michigan, MEd University of Georgia

Mina Mostamandy Qadir (2015)
College Counseling Liaison/Dean of Students
BA, Teaching Certification, Cal State East Bay, MS National University

Dr. Benjamin Sabatier (2004)
History, Political Science, Technology Coordinator
BA, MA University of Brest, PhD University of Rennes

Celine Membrey (2017)
Environmental Science
MS Agricultural Engineering, MS Agricultural Sciences