Meet the faculty and staff at our French and Chinese Academies in Colchester, Vermont.
Kelly Angelina, Summer Site Manager
Kelly comes to Vermont from Denver, Colorado where she is a distinguished middle school literacy teacher. She received her B.S. in English Education from Florida State University and her M.Ed. in Professional Leadership from Regis University. Kelly has led residential life teams for college student housing as well as overnight academic summer camps in the roles of Residence Life Manager and Dean of Residential Life. She has also led professional teams of educators while serving in a teacher-leader administrator role. Kelly's passion for education extends beyond the classroom by helping empower students as the founder of her school's Adventure Club. Kelly is looking forward to joining the Academy's team this summer in her first year as a Summer Site Manager!
Sarah Kelley, Director of Residential Life
Sarah Kelley has been in the field of education for most of her career, first as a Spanish teacher and then as a school counselor. She has worked with many different kinds of students in both private and public schools and has experience with students of all ages and ability levels. Sarah received her B.A. in Spanish from Macalester College and her M.A. in School and Community Counseling from Lesley University. She currently works as a school social worker on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and lives in southern New Hampshire. This will be her third year with the Academy, and she comes to the St. Michael’s campus as the Director of Residential Life.
Tong Chen, Chinese Language Director
Tong has spent eleven years devoting her career to teaching Mandarin to non-heritage students in Windham Central Supervisory Union and Leland and Gray Union High School 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, Great Rutland Asian Studies Program and the Governor’s Institute on Asian Cultures. In addition, Tong also taught an online Basic Mandarin course at Virtual High School for students across the country.
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 fourth year with the Academy.
David Sainsily, French Language 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. This year will be David’s eighth year as the French Language Director. Through his experience at the Academy, he has become an avid proponent of the immersion experience and is looking forward to another great summer with the Academy.