Meet the faculty and staff at our Spanish, German and Arabic Academies in Poultney, Vermont.
Kaitlin Kohberger, Director of Residential Life
Kaitlin recently began her career as a School Psychologist after graduating with a MA/ED.S. from Tufts University. After graduating, Kaitlin moved to Austria, where she developed a passion for working with students as an English teacher and an interest in outdoor, adventure based education volunteering. Kaitlin strives to connect with students across the spectrum of age, ability, and background. She is passionate about cross-cultural communication, and empowering students to become global citizens.
Kripa Bhagat, Site Manager
Kripa Bhagat is returning to MIL's Summer Academies for her 6th year and is looking forward to being part of an internationally-minded language-learning environment for high school students. She received her B.A. in Chinese Sociolinguistics and Spanish and Latin American Cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following her graduation, she served as an Education Ambassador for the Ameson Foundation for Youth in YiWu, China. Kripa currently works with high school students as the Resident Director and Local Coordinator for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She speaks Spanish, Chinese, Gujarati, Italian, and English.
Tong Chen, Chinese Language Director
Tong has spent eleven years devoting her career to teaching Mandarin to non-heritage students in the Windham Central Supervisory Union and Leland and Gray Union high schools in Vermont. She is the author of three series of textbooks and was the first and only Advanced Placement Chinese Teacher authorized by the College Board in the state of Vermont. Since 2004, Tong has also taught in the Journey East Art Exchange Academy, Greater Rutland Asian Studies Project, and the Governor’s Institute on Asian Cultures.
As Vermont’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, Tong has traveled extensively to participate in conferences regarding educational policies, teacher leadership and teaching effectiveness. Her experience also includes time spent mentoring beginning Chinese teachers and native Chinese visiting teachers. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from the Anglo-Chinese College in Fujian, China, an M.A. in Education from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont, and is currently finishing her doctoral study in Educational Leadership. This will be Tong’s fifth year with the Academy.
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. After completing her undergraduate studies, she held various positions in the private sector until taking time off to raise her three children. Britta volunteered to teach languages at her children’s elementary and middle schools in State College, Pennsylvania, and was subsequently asked to develop a full K-8 language program for the school.
Upon her move to Massachusetts in 2007, Britta earned her teacher’s certification and began teaching German at Billerica High School in Massachusetts In 2015, Britta was recognized as the Massachusetts German Educator of the Year, both for her work in the classroom and her engagement in German education across the state. She is currently pursuing an Ed. M in Curriculum Design and Teaching at Fitchburg State University.
Becky Kelley, French Language Director
Becky Kelley has been an avid language learner for most of her life; she has studiedFrench, Russian, and American Sign Language. She now shares that passion with her students as a French teacher at Windsor High School in southeastern Vermont. Before moving to Vermont, Becky taught French and ESL in various contexts, working with middle schoolers through adults in France, California, and Boston. As a graduate of Middlebury College, Middlebury Language Schools, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Becky is a strong believer in the Language Pledge and the other curricular strengths offered by MIL's programs. She is thrilled to be returning to the French Academy for her third summer!