As the Director of International Programs for France and Director for the CEA Paris Center, Alexandra is responsible for overall programming and operations for CEA sites in France, maintaining CEA standards across all educational programs. There's a lot to keep her busy on-site, including long and short-term Program Development, managing Finance and Human Resources, overseeing Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, and working with students in and out of the classroom.
Alexandra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and French at Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) and completed a DEA after earning a Master of Arts in Art History at the Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne (France). As a student, Alexandra was drawn to study abroad straight away. A high school travel program in Western Europe inspired her to complete study abroad programs in Florence, Italy and Caen, France as an undergraduate.
Before joining CEA, Alexandra started her career as a one-person office Program Coordinator for CAPA International Education in Paris, where she gained experience in hands-on programming. Through experience and professional development, Alexandra has taken a particular interest in questions of health & safety abroad, and how meaningful integration can help students better understand their host environment and, consequently, stay safer while studying and travelling abroad.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Alexandra also lived in the U.S. for many years, as well as France, Italy, and Greece. She often tells students that, "studying abroad is not easy, but when home starts to feel foreign and your host country starts to feel like home, you know that you have been profoundly marked by your experience."
Christopher oversees academic programs offered through CEA Paris. His responsibilities range from curriculum development to faculty training, as well as student advising and partner program oversight. He has developed an extensive working knowledge of academic approaches to topics ranging from world health care systems to global management information systems.
Christopher holds a Masters of Arts in French from New York University (N.Y.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from Auburn University (Ala.). Prior to joining CEA, Christopher was an Instructor of French at Clemson University (S.C.). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he facilitated study abroad programs for Clemson's College of Art, Architecture and Humanities, and directed a summer language program in Paris.
As a long-time U.S. citizen living overseas, Christopher thinks that "students should be increasingly aware of the monumental competition they will face in an increasingly globalized job market. Learning languages and developing an ethical and responsible contact with non-U.S. cultures through structured study abroad programming is one way in which to do so."
* Phi Beta Kappa
* APUAF : Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France
* Facebook training for study abroad professionals, APUAF Annual Meeting of U.S. Program Directors in France, March 2010
* Student travel abroad: ensuring your student's safety, APUAF Annual Meeting of U.S. Program Directors in France, March 2013
* Digital Video Conference (DVC) Presentation, U.S. Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Paris, France (with US Embassy in Cotonou, Benin). Activism and the LGBT Community. June 2013.
Digital Video Conference (DVC) presentation, U.S. Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Paris, France (with US Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo). Study in the US. November 2013.
Devon oversees the Student Life department at CEA Paris, working closely with the Student Life Advisor and Student Housing Advisor. She is responsible for program logistics, including orientation, excursions, social activities, student well-being, housing, and program budgeting. Devon also manages social media at the CEA Paris Center.
Devon holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Geopolitics from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Toulouse, a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining CEA, Devon taught English at Lycée Saint-Sernin (Toulouse, France), while assisting the Education Abroad Program through the Toulouse-based University of California study center. A position in event management then brought her to the French Riviera in 2007.
A big part of Devon's experience abroad has been what she calls "life learning." Managing the day-to-day ups and downs that come with life in a foreign country, like figuring out the French grocery store, getting the broken sink fixed by the Toulousain plumber, mastering the red tape at the Préfecture, and trying to find humor along the way. Devon believes that "if you can find the funny, you can get through any situation, wherever your adventures may take you. You may even find inspiration for a great blog post while you're at it!"
* APUAF: Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France
Presentation: "L'Animation culturelle et sa promotion", APUAF workshop, November 2013
Anne-Cécile's role at CEA is to accompany students through their time abroad, helping them adjust and adapt to their new Parisian lives and host culture. She organizes orientations, excursions, and social activities throughout the program, and is an excellent resource for things to do in France.
As a professor of French as a Foreign Language, Anne-Cécile also teaches at the CEA Paris Center.
Anne-Cécile holds a Master of Arts in French as a Foreign Language from the Université de Paris X–Nanterre. Prior to joining CEA, Anne-Cécile coordinated the cultural programming for Northwestern University (Ill.) students at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
After receiving her M.A., Anne-Cécile moved to Amsterdam for six months; however, her experience lasted four years. Even though she stayed in Europe, Anne-Cécile encountered many cultural differences which she overcame with patience and an open mind. Her fondness of travel and discovering new cultures took her to Romania, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Canada, and the U.S. Her next dream destination is Iceland, with its magical landscapes, self-empowered people, and delightful traditions.
Anne-Cécile also taught French as a foreign language in France, UK, Hungary, and the Netherlands. In addition to her teaching and administrative positions, Anne-Cécile has been a contributing author for several French Language textbooks, developed and published by Clé International. Her dedication to humanitarian work has also led her to positions teaching literacy as a volunteer for non-profit organizations throughout her career.
* Pixel 2 – Guide pédagogique with Stéphanie Callet / Clé International
* Pixel 2 – Cahier d'exercice with Stéphanie Callet / Clé international
* Pixel 4 – cahier d'exercices / Clé International
* écho Junior 1, 2, 3 – Guide Pédagogique – with Jacky Girardet / Clé International
As Academic Coordinator, Elisa liaises with local academic institutions in Paris, including the Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, the Institut Catholique, and the Novancia Business School. She also manages registration, course and co-curricular scheduling, and student advising for all CEA Paris academic programs.
Elisa supports the Academic Dean, faculty, and students at the CEA Paris Center, and acts as the main contact for Custom Program visiting faculty. In this capacity, she often finds herself working with faculty to integrate the city of Paris into their curriculum and bring the course to life.
Elisa earned an Associate Degree in Tourism and Hospitality from the Lycée de Tourisme du Val de Loire, after which she spent two years studying at Westminster College in London. Elisa has 15 years of experience in academic administration for Study Abroad programs; prior to joining CEA, she held administrative positions in the hotel and tourism industry, taught English to children in Cambodia, worked as a Tea Lady in London, and as an extra on a film set in Hong Kong.
Elisa spent several years traveling and living throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the West Indies, and would love for her travels to take her to the North Pole or Northern Scandinavia to see an Aurora Borealis. Elisa's motto and advice for students is: "Wherever you are, go with the flow!"
As Program Administrator, Isabelle provides administrative support to the CEA Paris office and is responsible for human resources, legal, facilities, and financial administrative processes. Isabelle also assists the CEA Paris team with event planning and tasks that span all aspects of CEA programming.
Isabelle comes to CEA with extensive experience in business administration, having worked for over 20 years in human resources and general administration for international companies, mainly in the petrol industry. She has held different positions from Executive Assistant to Human Resources Specialist, and has a particular interest in law. She studied law at the Université de Paris XIII – Saint Denis, before spending two years in Montréal, Canada where she participated in the launch of a French grocery store. Isabelle is a born and raised Parisian and still lives in the city with her husband. She has two sons: one who is a chef at his restaurant in Paris and one who is studying psychology in Montréal, Canada.
As a parent, Isabelle believes that she had two precious things to give her children: roots and wings. She says “it is never easy when they go away from the roots, but if they use their wings to study abroad, it is fantastic!”
Colin provides program support through organizing and facilitating student arrivals, orientation, housing, cultural activities, and excursions.
He began his career working as a film programmer for the Capalbio Short Film Festival in Italy. Colin lived in Rotterdam for a year and then moved back to Paris to work in film production. He is an active member of the short film selection committee for the Cannes Film Festival and speaks French, English, Italian, and Dutch. Colin holds a Masters of Arts in Film History from l’Université de Paris 7 and Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Film Studies at l’Université de Paris 7.
Colin’s view on travelling and living abroad is that one should listen and observe at least as much as one talks, probably more. In the end, we are much more similar than we are different, but it can be difficult to grasp that without having a common “cultural language.” All cultures should communicate and enrich each other, so be yourself, share, and absorb as much as you can!
As Interim Academic Director, Francie oversees the academic programs offered through CEA Paris, from faculty recruitment, to co-curricular learning, as well as student advising and partner program oversight.
Francie earned a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College (VT) and a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Before joining CEA, Francie co-founded and directed Trinity College’s study abroad program in Paris, where she taught French, Intercultural Studies and managed all aspects of programming.
Francie encourages students to let themselves be surprised by cultural differences. Try to understand a custom or behavior from another’s frame of reference and you will simultaneously enrich your life and those of others!
As Interim Director of Student Affairs, James oversees the Student Affairs department at CEA Paris, including program logistics, orientation, excursions, social activities, student well-being, housing, and program budgeting.
James earned a Master of French from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Russian from Northern Illinois University. He studied abroad three times and has lived in Czechoslovakia, Italy, and France. He has worked in the study field for almost twenty years.
His advice to students is to enjoy the “abroad” aspect as much as the “study” aspect of study abroad. Seek and pursue them, but let them reveal themselves to you, too - and find your place in each of them. Both will take you further than you can ever imagine they would.
As Program Advisor, Laura’s role is quite diverse, but her main responsibilities are in Student Affairs, preparing for arrivals and orientations, facilitating activities and excursions, as well as advising students on life and local resources in Paris.
Laura earned an undergraduate degree in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). Her particular interests lie in French history and literature. She hopes to deepen her knowledge of this field through a Masters in Comparative Postcolonial Literature, which she will start later this year in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before joining the CEA team, Laura held a position as the Research Assistant for The New York Times journalist Elaine Sciolino, while she was writing her latest book, The Seine: The River that made Paris.
Laura says to students “Bring your hobbies with you while you study abroad! Join clubs, meet like-minded Parisians, and share your passions with the world!”