Lead RA: Meghan Depue

Hi! I’m Meghan, the Lead RA for the Spanish Academy this year. This past May, I graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s in Spanish and a Master’s in Elementary Education, and I hope to be teaching middle school Spanish next school year. In my free time, you can find me tutoring, singing, working as a substitute teacher in Charlottesville, or drinking coffee. After being a student at the Spanish Academy in 2014 and working as an RA 2016-2018, I am so excited to be returning!
Griffin Schutte

My name is Griffin Schutte. I am entering my third and final year at Virginia Commonwealth University where I am double majoring in Spanish and European Studies. I first attended the Academy as a student in 2016 and then last summer I got the chance to return as part of the RA staff. I am extremely excited to be back and I hope to help make this year’s Academy another unforgettable experience for the students who come to Washington and Lee.
Ryan Keane

¡Hola! My name is Ryan Keane and I’m a rising 3rd year student in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. I’m dual majoring in Leadership and Public Policy and Economics and minoring in Business Spanish. I was a student at the Spanish Academy in 2016 and I’m super excited to come back! Outside of school, I love to play sports and listen to music with friends. You can catch me Wakeboarding during the summer and I’m always up for a pick-up game of soccer or basketball. I can’t wait to meet you all!
Sara Hobbs

¡Hola a todos! I’m Sara Hobbs, and I am a Spanish teacher at Indian River High in Chesapeake, Va. I studied Spanish and Secondary Education at Towson University for my Bachelor’s and am now studying Applied Linguistics through the University of Massachusetts – Boston for my Master’s. During my time at Towson, I had the awesome opportunity to spend a semester living and studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina! I moved to Virginia two years ago and learned about the Academy from my department chair. When I am not teaching, I love to read, hike, and dance! This will be my first year as an RA and I am super excited!
Arianna Barkhoridari

My name is Arianna Barkhordari, and I am a rising fourth year student at the University of Virginia studying Spanish, Foreign Affairs, and French. I attended the Academy in 2015, but this will be my first year as an RA! I have been studying Spanish for almost 15 years now, and I hope to maintain my Spanish skills in law school and use them to help a more diverse population. In my free time I am usually singing with my a cappella group or exploring Charlottesville. I am looking forward to returning to the beautiful Washington and Lee campus and experiencing the academy from a new perspective!
Kara Newman

I'm Kara Newman and I am a recent graduate of William & Mary. I studied Public Policy and Latin American Studies as an undergraduate and International Development Policy as a Master of Public Policy. Most recently, I served as a Fulbright Scholar in Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia where I worked as an English Teaching Assistant at the Universidad Santo Tomás. As an alumna of the 2012 Academia Española, I am incredibly excited to be returning as part of the team this summer.