Meet the faculty and staff of our Spanish Academy abroad in Nantes, France.
David Sainsily, Program Director
David was born in French Guiana, an Overseas Region of France, in South America. He graduated from the University of Paul Valery (Montpellier, France) in English and Portuguese studies. David has taught French in Brazil, at the Sierra College in California and Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont. He now lives in Santa Monica, California and teaches at the Windward School in Los Angeles. David is passionate about languages; he speaks French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Creole. He has been the French Language Director for our domestic Academies in Vermont for the past nine years and is excited to be joining us again for another summer, this time in France.
Alexandra Milan, Residential Director
Alexandra Milan lives in Toulouse, France. She received a master’s degree in Teaching French from the Université de Franche-Comté. She has had extensive experience in the field, teaching in different schools and developing resources for her courses. Alexandra enjoys discovering different cultures and learning new languages. She has lived and worked in Egypt and in the Philippines. She began working with American students in 2012, and from 2015 to 2016 she coordinated the language teaching component of a high school summer abroad program for American students in Toulouse. This year she is glad to join the team as Resident Director of the first Middlebury Interactive Language Academy in Nantes.
Anna Shoemaker, Center Director
Anna Shoemaker has been working with American students in France since 2008. She joined the Nantes Center in the summer of 2016, after serving in many different roles at the IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center, ranging from accounting and student affairs to managing customized programs and organizing an internship program to serving as Interim Director in 2013.
Anna attended the IES Abroad Paris French Studies program as an academic year student from the University of Texas – Austin, where she received a BA in French, Art History, and Plan II Honors. Anna then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Training Management from the Université Paris-Dauphine, where she wrote her thesis on training faculty to use learning technology. She is a dual citizen of France and the United States, and is passionate about sharing the French language and culture with students.