Director & Faculty

Our Faculty is specially chosen from teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, King’s, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, the Sorbonne, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Salamanca, and St Andrews. Every year our faculty is full of Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, enabling enabling our students to work with an array of elite academics.

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-fledged professionals – acclaimed, award-winning writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers, and actors – all selected for their talent, their varied experiences in their disciplines, their enthusiasm, and above all their ability to inspire our students.

Led by these outstanding individuals, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living.


L'Académie de France Director

Director, Frédéric Houville
BA, MA Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, MA University of Houston 

Frédéric has been teaching French language and culture for the last 16 years at the Awty International School in Houston, Texas. He has also served as French Language Coordinator at Awty for the last 12 years. In addition to his teaching duties, Frédéric coaches soccer. He served as Program Dean at L’Académie de Paris for 3 years from 2005 to 2007, and held the same position at L’Académie de France in Monptellier from 2012 to 2015. He will return to Montpellier next year for a fifth consecutive summer. 

In his spare time, Frédéric enjoys the triathlon lifestyle, training for races in Houston and around Texas. He is also a musician, plays several instruments, and enjoys entertaining colleagues and friends at various social and cultural events around town.

L'Académie de France Faculty


Aude Courtiel

BA Université de Montpellier, EAT, CAT in Dance and Drama from the Nîmes Conservatory, MA Université de Montpellier, DE Professor in Contemporary Dance

Aude is a professional dancer, choreographer, writer, and actor. Her poetry has been published by Sansouire Editions, and she has contributed pieces to several literary journals. She also works as a dance and theater reviewer for "Inferno" magazine. Aude frequently collaborates with other artists, on everything from digital editions to academic conferences. Her scholarly interests center on representations of the body in art and literature. corresponding dance theater journalist for the magazine INFERNO Her performances play on the relationship between dance, dramatic text, and acting.

Cléophée Demoustier

BA Haute Ecole de Commerce

Cléophée is a professional journalist and producer. During her vibrant career, she has worked as a Local Producer for Vice Media, and as a Fixer and video journalist for "The Washington Post." She has also contributed to NGO projects in Tanzania, and regularly collaborates on a variety of arts projects in Paris. During her time at Haute Ecole de Commerce in Montréal, Cléophée took part in several United Nations summits and World Trade Organization simulations. She has lived in eight countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and South America. She is a polyglot and speaks fluent French, English, and Spanish.

Ana Maria dos Santos

BA, MA Université Paul­-Valéry Montpellier

Ana Maria’s research focuses on the preponderance of feminine figures in chivalric literature of the Middle Ages (queens, fairies, damsels in distress). She teaches French and French Literature at the university level and enjoys reading history and studying comparative literature in her spare time.

Samuel Harvet

BA École Normale Supérieure de Paris, MA École Normale Supérieure de Paris /Paris Diderot, Agrégé de Lettres modernes

Samuel is conducting doctoral research in French Contemporary literature at the Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. He has taught French language and literature in a variety of institutions, most recently at Harvard University. In 2014, he was a jury member of the literary prize France Culture-Télérama.

Lara Krebs

BA Université de Cergy-Pontoise, MA L'école des relations internationales SUP

Lara is a journalist who has worked for Reporters Without Borders since 2013. She recently organized a multidisciplinary exhibit in Paris on the youth of Iran, and traveled to Iran to interview locals in-situ.

Frédérique Lennoz

BA Université de Paul Valéry, MA Université Panthéon-Sorbonne

Frédérique is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in French Language Studies and Pedagogy. She is a native of Montpellier, and is passionate about educational development in third-world countries. Her work as a French and literacy expert has taken her to countries around the world to consult with agencies such as Schools Without Borders.

Theo Nasca

MS Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

Theo began his career in Marine Biology. His master’s thesis took him to Australia to research coral reef ecosystems. Now back in France, and in his fourth year of medical school, Theo is studying to become a physician in Montpellier. He enjoys the parallels between marine and human biology and in sharing this unique perspective with his students.

Meidiha Ouzal

BA Faculté des sciences de Montpellier, MS Faculté des sciences de Montpellier

Meidiha is a trained nurse and mid-wife, but her main passions are research, journalism, and teaching. She plans to conduct research and write scientific articles that will be accessible to the general public. Her courses on Medicine integrate practical hands-on aspects, such as taking patient histories, checking vital signs, and advances in music therapy.

Marine Petit

BA Université Paul Valéry, MA Université du Maine

Marine grew up in Montpellier and after traveling the world to teach French in Indonesia, Jordan, and Bulgaria, she returned to her hometown in 2016. She has experience teaching all levels, from beginner to advanced, and thanks to her family’s and also her own personal interest in cuisine, she has created an exciting Gastronomie syllabus for our students that brings them into contact with local chefs and artisans.

Barthélémy Py

BA, PhD Université de Montpellier III

Barthelemy teaches Cinema and Media Studies at the Université de Montpellier. His doctoral research investigates mountain films and their relationship to the Occident.

Dorothée Sevestre

BA Université de Rouen, MA Université de Rouen

Dorothée has been teaching French as a foreign language for over ten years both in France and abroad. While lecturing at the University of Medan in Indonesia, Dorothée designed and managed cultural events that brought the language and music departments together. She has also spent time in Togo, coaching language teachers in the use of theater games as educational tools in the classroom.

Christelle Teissedre

DNAP Ecole des Beaux-arts de Nîmes, DNSEP Ecole des Beaux-arts d'Avignon

Christelle is an art lecturer at the Université Paul Valery in Montpellier. She is also a professional artist who runs her own gallery in Nîmes. Since achieving a Diplôme National d'Art Plastique in 1991 and a Diplôme National Supérieur d'Expression Plastique in 1993, Christelle has mounted exhibitions of her work and conducted workshops throughout France, Spain, and elsewhere in Europe.

Marion Thomachot

BA, MA Université de Montpellier III; MA IUFM (University Institute for Teachers Training) de Montpellier

Marion serves as a specialist in Spanish language in the Ministère de l'Education nationale, de la jeunesse et de la vie associative Education. In the past, she has taught French language in Colombia at the University of Villavicencio, as well as French literature across the south of France. Outside the Ministère de l'Education she regularly works with immigrants to facilitate language and culture acquisition.

Dr. Elsa Trani

MA, PhD Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III

Dr. Trani is an expert on the artists who lived and worked in Montpellier. Her Masters thesis on Antoine Ranc (1634-1716), a painter from her native city, won the Prix Sabatier from the Académie des Sciences et Lettres de Montpellier, with a special mention from the jury. She regularly works as a consultant for the Musée Fabre to curate and create the educational content for their exhibitions.

Maude Vadot

BA, MA Université de Montpellier III

Maude is a doctoral researcher at Université de Montpellier III. She has particular expertise in French as a second language, and in techniques for helping new immigrants to integrate through language acquisition. She is a seasoned pedagogue, and has taught at all levels in both Montpellier and Lyon.