The department has been able to develop its cross-disciplinary, multicultural language programmes thanks to the varied professional backgrounds of its highly qualified and experienced native speaker teaching staff. Their diverse international origins provide opportunities for students to increase their understanding of cultural factors in communication;
- Head of the English Section I Stacey Benoit I Office B328
Stacey Benoit has taught English in the French grandes écoles since 1988 and has been at ENPC since 2006. Originally from Atlanta, she has a Master's in Audiovisual Ethnology and is trained as a Director of Photography. Having worked for many years as a filmmaker, distributor and producer of documentary film, she teaches courses on social justice, design thinking, an alternative vision of the US and digital literacy, video conferencing and student exchange with the US. Her course We Are What We Eat focuses on food and food issues, and allows students to get hands-on experience in ENPC’s organic community garden, le Jardin Pontanique.
- Kyle Weinandy | Office B305
Kyle Weinandy has over seventeen years of experience teaching theme classes in various universities and grandes écoles in the Paris region such as Polytechnique, La Sorbonne, Sciences Po, and ENS Louis Lumière. Since 2011, Kyle has coached the Ponts Debating Club and given courses at ENPC on photography, cinema, storytelling and current events. After obtaining a double diploma in English and Art, he originally came to Paris on the Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship and also completed a Maîtrise and D.E.A. at l’Université de Paris VIII. Prior to teaching, he also worked in photography for advertising, as a sound engineer, and ran an art and antique business for ten years. He is also in charge of the English Project Atelier and enjoys advising students on how to carry out their personal projects.
- Claire Lavelle | Office B122
Claire Lavelle studied Agricultural Science at University College Dublin, Ireland from 1981- 1986. After graduating she worked in the USA for two years before returning to Europe, spending a further two years working in London. For the past 17 years she has been teaching English both in Adult Education and Further Education in Rennes, Brittany at Agrocampus Ouest, Supélec and ENSAI Ker Lann. In 2011 she returned to the Paris region and has been teaching English at a number of the “Grandes Ecoles” in the greater Paris region, some of which include CentraleSupélec, Polytéchnique and ENPC Champs sur Marne
- Caroline Preller | Office B224
Caroline studied languages at Cambridge University, (Selwyn College) and physical theatre in Paris (Gaulier, Pagneux). She has worked as an actor/performer and theatre practitioner in France and abroad, in theatre, street theatre, radio and film. She has developed her teaching practice around the use of drama in language learning, working with students in schools and universities. Courses on creativity, communication, voice work, literature and architecture. Drama Club Journeys, a course using theatrical masks, received a grant for pedagogical innovation from IDEA (investissements d’avenir, ANR).
- Thomas Harcharick | Office B328
Our dear friend and colleague Thomas Harcharick is retiring this fall.