Patrick's role at CEA includes the day-to-day management of student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program academics, and student evaluations. He also oversees office administration, advises students on issues related to academics, health, and safety, assists in management of city finances, hires and trains staff and faculty, and works closely with colleagues across France to design and deliver quality programming for CEA students.
Before joining CEA, Patrick worked as an English teacher at Polytech Grenoble (France), an engineering school, where he taught scientific English. He also taught at Lycee International (Mich.) where he met his French wife Catherine, an art teacher. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Center for Creative Studies (Mich.)
Patrick has traveled to Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales, and looks forward to seeing Australia and Indonesia one day. Patrick's advice for students travelling abroad is: "Don't be afraid – dive into your new language and culture. Be cautious about attributing stereotypes. Don't compare life in your host country to life in the U.S., but also, don't expect everyone to believe that the U.S. is the greatest place on the planet."
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