Mentora principal: Arianna Barkhordari

Hi everyone! My name is Arianna Barkhordari. I am so excited to be the lead mentor for the Spanish Academy this year! This is my third year working at the academy and I attended back in 2015. I graduated from the University of Virginia with majors in Spanish and Foreign Affairs in 2020 and I am currently completing my master's degree in elementary education at UVA and teaching 5th-grade Spanish immersion. I love learning languages, cooking and baking, hiking, and singing. In my free time, I’m usually trying new food at every single restaurant in Charlottesville and hiking in the Shenandoah National Park. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and hope to make this summer unforgettable!
Mentor: Charlie Mayock-Bradley

Hola, todas y todos! My name is Charlie Mayock-Bradley and I'm a rising junior at Yale University double majoring in Spanish and Political Science. When I'm not in class, you can usually find me running, baking, thrift shopping, or volunteering with Yale's ESL program. I attended the Governor's Latin Academy in 2017 and joined the Academia Española family for the first time last year as a mentor. I am beyond excited to be returning as a mentor this year and can't wait to get to know all of you this summer!
Mentor: Jeremy Flax

My name is Jeremy Flax and I am a middle school Spanish teacher from Richmond, Virginia. I attended the Academia Española as a student and later as a mentor, and I am very excited to work with all of you this summer! Upon graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a B.S. in Psychology I lived in Madrid, Spain for two years where I worked as a language assistant in a bilingual high school. I later lived and worked as an educator in France and Colombia and ultimately received a Master's of Teaching from Christopher Newport University. I also love to cook, swim, practice yoga, and write and perform music.
Mentora: Madeline Kwasnick

My name is Maddie Kwasnick, and I am a first year student at Kenyon College majoring in International Studies, Spanish, and Arabic. In my free time, I like to study languages, play the piano, read fiction novels, and write. I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the academy in the Summer of 2019, so I am beyond excited to return! I will do my best to make this a fantastic three weeks for you all.
Mentora: Ali Shahira

Hola everyone! My name is Shahira Ali and I am looking forward to being a mentor for the Spanish Academy this year. This is going to be my first year working as a mentor, but I attended the Academy in 2017, and it was an unforgettable experience. I am a rising senior at UVA double majoring in Spanish and Cognitive Science and in my free time I love playing basketball, tennis, and volleyball. I’m also a big fan of Latin pop and reggaeton music. I can’t wait to get to know everyone and create lasting memories this summer!
Mentor: Jonathan Swap

Hello everyone! My name is Jonathan Swap, and I am a first year at the University of Virginia with an intended major in Mathematics (interested in environmental sciences and leadership). I attended the academy in 2019, and I can’t wait to help y’all have the same experiences I had. When I am not studying, I like to play volleyball, listen to music, and bake desserts. Some other things I like: netflix, learning languages (plan on taking some Portuguese and Korean classes), and the game mafia. I am super excited to be working with y’all and reach out if you need help with anything!