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Hola. My name is Brandon Norris. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a major in Spanish and Foreign Affairs, and I now have the privilege of teaching Spanish at Short Pump Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. I attended the Spanish academy as a student in 2011 and returned to the Academy as an RA last year. I am fascinated by all languages and enjoy spending my time sipping coffee while conversing or reading in Spanish, French, and German, or trying my hand at a new language.











Hello, my name is Allison Frasca. I’m a rising fourth year at the University of Virginia where I’m double majoring in Spanish and Global Security and Justice, with a minor in politics. Around grounds, I’m involved in a sorority, the Cavalier Marching Band, and a migrant aid volunteering program. I attended the Spanish Academy in 2012 and returned as an RA in 2016.​I’m thrilled to be back yet again for another fantastic three weeks!












My name is Meghan Depue, a rising third-year student at the University of Virginia studying Spanish and Elementary Education. At UVA, I enjoy tutoring, singing, and working as a substitute teacher in Charlottesville City Schools, and this past semester I had the incredible experience of studying abroad in Valencia, Spain. After attending the academy as a student in 2014 and working as a Resident Assistant last year, I could not be more excited to be returning!















  I’m Monica Maher, a rising sophomore at the College of William & Mary, intending to major in Linguistics. My love of languages began with Polish, which I learned growing up in a bilingual household, and being already conversational in two languages made it easier for me to learn a third when I was given the opportunity to start Spanish. Along with perfecting my current languages and learning as many more as is feasible, I intend to travel as much as possible while I still have the freedom to do so. Most recently, I went to Iceland with a group of friends, and would highly recommend the destination to anyone looking for stunning views or unique natural wonders. I also attended the Governor’s Academy for Spanish Language in its 2015 session, and thoroughly enjoyed it — enough to come back as an RA — and I am very much looking forward to another unforgettable summer! 












¡Hola a todos! My name is Majo Bustamante and I am from Costa Rica.  I’m studying Strategic Communications and Philosophy in Washington and Lee University.  I’m currently studying in Rome during this semester learning Italian and next semester I will be in Paris, learning French.  As you can tell I enjoy travelling and learning new languages.  I’m very happy to return to La Academia for second year in a row and I can’t wait to meet you all. 















¡Hola a todos! My name is Marc Gehlsen and I’m a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington with Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Linguistics. I was a Washington Tour Guide all four years, leading tours primarily in English but sometimes in Spanish, I studied abroad in Spain for two weeks on an undergraduate research voyage, and I wrote my senior thesis on language and identity. You can never catch me without a cup of coffee in my hand or a witty joke waiting to be told, and I can’t wait to meet everyone!