|La Directora, Sidney Cintron:
I am an enthusiastic high school Spanish educator and department chair at Freedom High School in Prince William County Schools. I have a Bachelors of Arts with a concentration in Spanish and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Foreign Language Education. I am a traveler fanatic, in love with the world. When possible, I enjoy exploring everything that different countries have to offer. I am an educator that is fascinated by what knowing a second language can offer the learner; I enjoy expanding their horizons to open multiple doors to unlimited opportunities. One of my personal goals is to extend the opportunity to language learners in any way from advice, influence, education, or via mentorship.
|La Profesora Principal, Sandra Rodriguez:
My name is Sandra Rodriguez, I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. I majored in Social Sciences at the District University of Bogotá and have worked as a primary, secondary and university level teacher in Colombia. I completed a master's degree in Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Salamanca in Spain. I have been teaching Spanish as a second language in Georgia for 10 years. My passions are teaching and traveling.
|El Profesor, Javier Buenadicha:
I am originally from Spain and currently working as a Visiting Instructor in WLU. I hold a BA in History and Mass Communication and two master’s degrees: one in Applied Linguistics and another in Education. I have been teaching my mother tongue for almost a decade, and it is by far, my biggest passion and the thing I like the most. If I am not teaching, you will probably find me outdoors hiking, climbing, caving or kayaking, although you can also see me reading good literature occasionally. I love travelling and learning languages, and I am always trying to learn something new.
|El Profesor, Vicente Colón:
My name is Vicente L. Colón and I am a native Spanish speaker born and raised in Puerto Rico. I attended the University of Puerto Rico where I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have experience teaching business law and Spanish. I live with my family in Southside Virginia. I enjoy reading, art and nature. I will be teaching a class that covers the basic concepts of law through the discussion of historical and current events in which the analysis and interchange of ideas are promoted.
|La Profesora, Iana Konstantinova:
Iana Konstantinova is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Southern Virginia University. She earned a BA in English and Spanish from Texas Christian University in 1998, then spent two years teaching at Burleson High School in Texas, before moving to Charlottesville, where she earned an MA and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Southern Virginia faculty in 2007, she spent two years as a visiting faculty member at Washington and Lee University. She has previously taught immersion classes at the UVA Summer Language Institute.
|El Profesor, Gustavo Tisera:
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA-Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
Dual Master’s Degree(M.Ed.) in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators and Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language (JMU), the United States and University of Salamanca (USAL), Spain. (graduate 12/18/2016)
In December of 2016, I was part of the inaugural cohort to complete the Dual-Enrollment Program with James Madison University in Virginia and La Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) in Spain for which I received a Master in Education degree from JMU and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators from La Universidad de Salamanca, which is recognized throughout the European educational community.
My academic interests range from advanced Spanish grammar and syntax to theoretical linguistics to Second Language Acquisition. My most recent studies in Salamanca have ignited an interest in the “variedades de la lengua española” ranging from a sociological aspect to a lexical aspect.
|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.