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This year will be my third consecutive year participating in the Spanish Academy, first as a Teacher, then as a Lead Teacher and now as the Spanish Academy Director. I am currently a Spanish teacher at Freedom High School in Woodbridge. I have been teaching Spanish as a first and second language for 9 years and have taught English for adults for over 5 years. I was born and raised in Panama City, Panama and migrated to the US in 2006. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Inter American University of Panama and a Master Degree in Arts of Teaching with Emphasis in Teacher Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I am also a Certified Spanish Interpreter and Translator.

Currently, I am the Advocacy Chair of FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia) and have been recognized for her excellent presentations at the State Foreign Language Conference.

Participating in the Governor’s School Spanish Academy have been one of the highlights of my professional career since I am passionate about teaching my language and culture. My goal is to offer students an unforgettable and meaningful experience that will greatly impact their professional and personal plans.


I am Dr. Gustavo E. Tisera (D.V.M., M.Ed.). I have held a doctorate degree from the National University of La Plata (Argentina) since the year 1981, Master in education from J.M.U. and Master in Education from Salamanca University (Spain) since 2016. I was also an army officer for the Argentina Cavalry and I was a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Tandil (BA, Argentina).

I am from Argentina and have been living in America since the year 2000. I became a US citizen in the year 2011. I am starting ten years at Wakefield Country Day School. I began by teaching 4thgrade and up. Now I teach Spanish I, II, III, Pre-AP, AP, and am coach of the varsity soccer teams for the boys and girls.  I have four children and three grandchildren.


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 9 years. My passions are teaching and traveling.


My name is Vicente Colon.  I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Virginia about a decade ago. I hold degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and have experience teaching Spanish and Business Law. I am delighted to return to the Spanish Academy. I love art, nature and reading.


My name is Edwin Escorcia and I am from Colombia. I hold a B.A.  in Spanish and Foreign Languages from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional located in Bogotá, Colombia. I have been teaching foreign languages for nineteen years. I taught French and English as foreign languages in Colombia for ten years, and I have been teaching Spanish for the last nine years in the state of Virginia (Loudoun County Public Schools and Prince William County Schools).  In my free time, I am a Zumba instructor. I have been a certified dance instructor since 2011.


My name is Sidney M. Mangual Cruz. I was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I moved to Virginia when I was twelve. I graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Global Affairs in 2012. I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Masters in Foreign Language Education in 2014. I been teaching Spanish at the high school level since 2012. Teaching is my passion and dedication.