|El Asistente Supervisor Principal - Brandon Norris
My name is Brandon Norris. I’m a proud Spanish teacher at Short Pump Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. I attended the Spanish academy as a student in 2011 and this is my third year as an RA at the academy. I am fascinated by all languages and enjoy spending my time sipping coffee while chatting with friends or reading in a foreign language.
|El Asistente Supervisor y El Profesor de Urdu - Jahanzeb Akbar
Hi! I’m JB Akbar and I am a first year RA for the Spanish Academy. I will also be teaching Urdu as a Secondary Language. I graduated from W&M in Marketing and Middle Eastern Studies and worked in the corporate world for a few years. I am now a high school French teacher in Prince William County but Spanish has always held a special position in my heart. It was the first language I studied beyond my native languages and I am extremely excited to share that passion with the incoming members of the Academy.
|La Asistente Supervisora - Meghan Depue
My name is Meghan, a rising fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying Spanish and Elementary Education. Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Valencia, Spain, and next year I hope to student teach at a local Dual-Immersion Elementary School. In my free time, you can find me tutoring, singing, working as a substitute teacher in Charlottesville City Schools, or drinking coffee. After being a student at the Spanish Academy in 2014 and working as an RA in 2016 and 2017, I am so excited to be returning!
|La Asistente Supervisora - Jennifer Preston
¡Hola a todos! I am a rising junior at George Mason University, where I study Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish. I attended Governor’s School in 2014, and I am ecstatic to be returning this summer and to share my love for the Spanish language. Outside of school, my life is filled with numerous dance classes, and I also love to climb trees, make crafts, and jam out to Broadway songs.
|El Asistente Supervisor - Jeremy Flax
Hola! My name is Jeremy Flax and I am a middle and high school Spanish teacher in Newport News, Virginia. I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Psychology in 2010 and I will graduate from Christopher Newport University this spring with a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish. I attended the Governor’s Spanish Academy as a student in 2005 and am thrilled to be returning this year as an R.A.! I have dedicated most of my post-graduate years to living and working abroad—mostly in Spain but with brief tenures in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. In my spare time I have learned how to tie a bowtie without looking in a mirror and play the electric guitar behind my head. Can’t wait to meet you all!
|El Asistente Supervisor - Griffin Schutte
My name is Griffin Schutte. I am entering my second year at Virginia Commonwealth University where I am pursuing a double major in Spanish and International Studies with a Concentration in European Studies. I plan to graduate early at which point I will continue my education in hopes of securing a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish at the secondary school level. I have been studying Spanish for the past 8 years which includes my own student experience here at the Academy. As part of a student trip this past summer, I was fortunate enough to travel to Guatemala for two weeks where I met some truly incredible people. I am extremely excited to return as a part of the RA staff and I hope to help make this year’s Academy another unforgettable experience for the students who come to Washington and Lee.