Lead Language Mentor: Meghan Depue

Hi! I’m Meghan, the Lead Asistente for the Spanish Academy this year. This year will be my second year working as Lead Asistente, and my fifth year working at the Academy. I also attended the Academy as a student in 2014. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Spanish and a Master’s in Elementary Education, and now I work as a middle school Spanish teacher in Henrico County. In my free time, you can find me singing, reading, and most importantly, drinking coffee. I cannot wait to enjoy this year’s Academy with all of you!
Language Mentor: Lucy Hoak

¡Hola! My name is Lucy Hoak and I’m in my third year at U.Va., where I’m majoring in English and minoring in Spanish. I attended the academy in 2016 and loved every minute. At school, I enjoy participating and spectating in the arts and playing sports with friends. I studied abroad last semester in Valencia, which was an incredible experience. I’m so excited to return to the Academy and experience the Spanish language with everyone!
Language Mentor: David Bass

¡Hola!My name is David, I'm from Williamsburg, Virginia, and I'm a rising second year student at the University of Virginia double majoring in Spanish and biostatistics with plans to go into either medicine or statistics. I attended the Academia Española in 2017 and it's been my dream to return as an Asistente ever since! Outside of my classes, I love learning trivia as a member of UVA's Quiz Bowl team, teaching as a Student Docent at UVA's Fralin Museum of Art, meeting with the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, and doing crossword puzzles. I am super excited to meet and work with all of the wonderful students at this year's Academia Española!
Language Mentor: Charlie Mayock-Bradley

¡Hola, todos y todas! My name is Charlie Mayock-Bradley and I am a rising sophomore at Yale University double majoring in Spanish and Global Affairs. When I’m not in class, you can usually find me running, baking, or playing the saxophone with a musical group on campus. I attended the Governor’s Latin Academy back in 2017, so this will be my first time taking part in the Spanish Academy. I am beyond excited to be joining the Academy this year as an RA and can’t wait to get to know you!
Language Mentor: Arianna Barkhoridari

My name is Arianna Barkhordari and I just graduated from the University of Virginia with majors in Spanish and Foreign Affairs. This is my second year working as an Asistente for the Academy and I attended back in 2015! I love learning languages, cooking and baking, and singing. In my free time at UVA, I’m usually volunteering with ESL and Spanish classes, rehearsing with my a cappella group, or trying new food and coffee at every single restaurant in Charlottesville. I really enjoyed working with the chorus last summer and playing sports with the students -I am thrilled to be returning for another amazing summer at Washington and Lee!
Language Mentor: Halleigh Carson

¡Hola a todos! My name is Halleigh Carson and I am a rising second year at the University of Virginia where I am double-majoring in Spanish and Environmental Science. I attended the Academy in 2018 and am super excited to be coming back as an RA! When I’m not studying, I love to be outdoors doing just about anything from kayaking to hiking, as well as pursuing my interests in art and photography. I can’t wait to meet you all and am looking forward to this summer!