MEET OUR DYNAMIC TEACHING TEAM!
Emily Martin (French, August camp; Camp Co-Director)
Emily Martin is a native of Virginia and lover of all things French! She is currently the Executive Director of the Alliance Française of Charlottesville where she gets to share her passion of French language and culture with her community. Prior to that Emily has taught French and English in Normandy, Paris, California, Haiti, and at the International School of Charlottesville. She holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Museum Studies and loves to infuse her exciting French lessons with art, art history, lots of culture, and a ton of good food.
Sally Barstow (French, June and July camps)
Sally graduated from Mary Washington College with a degree in French. She is currently teaching beginning French to adults at the Alliance Française of Charlottesville as well as after-school French classes at multiple elementary schools in the area. Most of Sally’s teaching experience has been with elementary-aged children. She especially likes to get her students singing because it allows them to link words together and practice the language long before actually understanding it. The immersion environment of the camps at Ash Lawn-Highland will provide an ideal setting for weaving together themes of home, farm and garden. Using games, stories and other activities, the students will be actively engaged in learning French and have lots of fun, too!
Ali Sullivan (Spanish, June camp)
Ali Sullivan is a native from Bogota, Colombia where she graduated college. She moved to Indiana in 1994 and began teaching at the International School of Indiana. She is been teaching Spanish for 15 years and currently works at the International School of Charlottesville. Ali is a huge fan of full immersion, believing it’s the best and most efficient way for young children to learn a language. Her engaging teaching style uses singing, dancing, poetry, storytelling, creative movement and games.
Victoria Bryant Torres (Spanish, July+August)
Victoria hails from Maracaibo, Venezuela and grew up speaking both English and Spanish at home. Due to her parents being from two different countries (United States and Venezuela), she has always felt a part of two worlds. Her teaching philosophy is that true language acquisition can only happen when the student lives the language by being immersed in it in a meaningful and contextualized way. She also finds that being playful and creative with language is how one best grows as a language learner. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Hispanic Studies with a license in teaching Spanish 6-12 from the University of Houston, and is currently working on her Master’s in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, writing, painting, dancing, and doing Karate at Superkicks.