Meet the faculty and staff at our French and Chinese Academies in Colchester, Vermont.
Catherine Jennings, Site Manager
Catherine resides in New York City, where she teaches biology at an independent school in Brooklyn. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee and has over a decade of experience teaching middle school science in public and private schools. She has led numerous professional development programs for teachers and served as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Catherine has a passion for travel and world cultures; her solo travels through Central and South America have helped her appreciate both the challenges and rewards of an immersion language experience. Catherine returns for a second summer at St. Michael's College, where she previously served as the Office Manager. She looks forward to supporting the faculty and students as the Summer Site Manager for the Arabic and Spanish Academies.
Sarah Kelley, Director of Residential Life
Sarah Kelley has been in the field of education for most of her career, first as a Spanish teacher and then as a school counselor. She has worked with students in both private and public schools and has experience with students of all ages and ability levels. Sarah received her B.A. in Spanish from Macalester College and her M.A. in School and Community Counseling from Lesley University. She currently works as a school social worker on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and lives in southern New Hampshire. This will be her fourth year working as the Director of Residential Life at the Summer Academy.
Khalid Madhi, Arabic Language Director
Khalid Madhi is the Arabic Language Director for the Summer Academy. He left his native Morocco after completing his undergraduate studies in Economics and received his M.A. in Political Science at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Khalid is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Khalid has taught Islamic tradition, Middle-Eastern Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Women and Politics Leadership, Social Scientific Thinking and Global Perspectives on Women and Gender in four different Chicago-based universities including Dominican University and St. Xavier University. Khalid joined the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH as a History faculty member in 2015.
Khalid is excited for the opportunity to return as the Arabic Language Director for another summer.
Clara Hoellerbauer, Spanish Language Director
Clara is excited to be returning to the Academy this summer as the Spanish Language Director at St. Michael's College. This will be her seventh year with the Academy. In past summers, she taught Spanish both at the Green Mountain and Swarthmore College sites and has been the Language Director for both the Spanish and German Academies.
Clara was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to the United States while she was in middle school. Her love of languages began early, evident in her decision to study both Spanish and French in high school. Later, she went on to graduate with a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) and Political Science from Kenyon College.
After teaching middle and high school students at independent schools in Georgia and Virginia, Clara took a sabbatical to earn her Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013. Since then, she has been working as an assistant principal in Colorado Springs. She looks forward to yet another amazing summer at the Academy!