Meet the faculty and staff at our Spanish, German and Arabic Academies in Poultney, Vermont.
Gabriel Salgado, Director of Residential Life
Gabriel Salgado has been with MMLA since 2009, serving in a variety of positions including as Dorm Head for the Spanish Academy for five years. Gabe grew up bilingual in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico before coming to the United States to attend Bard College at Simon's Rock. After earning his MA in Politics from the New School for Social Research, Gabe took a break from academia for several years to return to working with students outside the classroom as a Residence Director at Simon's Rock where he oversaw high school-aged students in a college environment and taught a Spanish language course. He is currently a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on Political Theory and Latin America. A huge fan of soccer, Gabe is very much looking forward to the annual student, staff, and faculty soccer game during Field Day.
Carlos San Juan García, Senior Site Manager
Carlos San Juan has extensive experience teaching French and Spanish at both the high school and university levels. Carlos comes to MIL Summer Academy from the Dalton School, a co-ed day school in New York City. Apart from his teaching responsibilities, he is involved in Dalton’s global initiatives program in Latin America and Europe. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in Spanish in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at New York University (NYU). Carlos received an M.Ed. in Leadership in Independent Schools from Columbia University, an M.S. from the City University of New York (CUNY) in Applied Mathematics and a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
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, and now is pursuing doctoral studies in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
In the past several years, 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.
As of Fall 2015, Khalid joined the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH as a History faculty member. We are excited to have Khalid returning this summer after a brief absence!
Britta Roper, German Language Director
As a graduate of Middlebury College in Political Science with Minors in German and Spanish, Britta is very excited to be returning to Vermont as the German Academy Language Director.
A native German, Britta came to the US just before high school and after completing her undergraduate studies held various positions in the private sector, until she took time off to raise her 3 children. Britta volunteered to teach languages at her children’s elementary and middle schools in State College, Pennsylvania. The following year she was asked to develop a full K-8 language program for the school.
Upon her move to Massachusetts with her family in 2007, Britta earned her teacher’s certification and took a position as the German teacher at the high school in Billerica, Massachusetts. In 2015, Britta was recognized with the Massachusetts German Educator of the Year, and was recognized both for her work in the classroom, as well as for her engagement for German education across the state. She left classroom teaching last year and is currently pursuing her Ed. M in Curriculum Design and Teaching at Fitchburg State University.
Clara Hoellerbauer, Spanish Language Director
Clara is excited to be returning to the Academy this summer as the Spanish Language Director at Green Mountain College. This will be Clara’s sixth year with the Academy. In past summers, she taught Spanish both at the Green Mountain and Swarthmore College sites and been the Spanish and German Language Director. Clara was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to the United States while she was in middle school. Her love for languages began early, as she studied both Spanish and French in high school and college. She graduated with a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) and Political Science from Kenyon College and began her teaching career.
After teaching Spanish to 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 at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs. Clara spends her free time with her family or immersed in a book. She looks forward to yet another amazing summer at the Academy!