Spain Faculty and Staff

Dear prospective students,

I would like to share a few thoughts about why spending a high school year at SYA Spain can be an exceptionally exciting and meaningful educational experience. You should keep in mind that studying abroad for nine months is no easy feat, but you should also know that for so many of our students, it has been an extraordinary experience of immeasurable growth and exploration.

As a nine-month resident of Zaragoza, you’ll pursue a challenging high school curriculum and engage in an adventure that prepares you for life. You will decidedly improve your Spanish, live with a local family, and explore many parts of Spain. Taking our own SYA history as a guide we can tell you that spending a school year abroad may well help define your college major, career, and life.

I want you to know that the faculty at SYA Spain and I are here to help you achieve your highest academic potential and learn as much as possible about the Spanish language and culture. SYA will give you the opportunity to spend your junior or senior year of high school making Spain another place to call home. The level of language you acquire will depend on your effort and engagement of course, but I do want you to know I have witnessed extraordinary achievement in so many of our students. Engage yourself with the people and the culture and they will give back a new you.

If you or your parents have any questions about Spain or the program, feel free to contact anyone at our Admissions Office on 978.725.6828. They will be glad to answer your questions, tell you about our school in Zaragoza and the SYA experience.


Virginia Invernizzi
Resident Director
SYA Spain

SYA Spain Resident DirectorVirginia Invernizzi, Resident Director SYA Spain
Virginia Invernizzi joined SYA in 2014 from Deerfield Academy (MA) where she was a teacher of Spanish language and literature, and former department chair. Born and raised in both Uruguay and the U.S., Invernizzi has deep-rooted bi-cultural ties to both countries. During her 20-year tenure, she established, led and planned the curriculum for the biannual Deerfield in Uruguay and Spain summer programs where students spend a month in Montevideo or Madrid. Additionally, in partnership with a student, she created internships with the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington DC as post-trip experiential learning, and introduced an exchange program for Uruguayan students to visit Deerfield. Invernizzi earned her BA, MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.

Spain Faculty and Staff

Tomás Arruebo (2014)
Dean of Student Affairs, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Environmental Science
BS University of Wales, MS University of Madrid, MS, PhD University of Zaragoza

Álvaro Ávila de la Torre (1999)
History, Art, Political Science
BA, MA, PhD University of Salamanca

Oriol Bastardes (1992)
History, Literature, Theater, Curriculum Coordinator
BA/MA University of Barcelona, MA Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona

Javier Calvo Cabat (2016)
Spanish Language
BA/MA, MA University of Zaragoza

Marimar Orós Carrascón (2010)
Economics, Accountant
Teaching Certification, JD University of Zaragoza

Marta Escartín (1998)
Spanish Language, Summer Program Director
BA, MA, PhD coursework University of Zaragoza

María Ángeles Errazu (1998)
Literature, Journalism, Co-Curriculars Coordinator (Activities, Service and Wellness)
BA, MEd, PhD University of Zaragoza

Soledad Gutiérrez (1998)
Art History, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Host Family Coordinator
BA/MA University of Barcelona, MA University Pompeu Fabra

Elena Lain (2011)
Administrative Assistant
BA University of Madrid

Antonio López-Piña (2007)
Spanish Language, Political Science
BA/MA Complutense University of Madrid

Pauline Pauzauskie (2005)
College Counseling Liaison
BS University of Missouri at Columbia

Theana Snyder (2016)
BS, MAT Colorado College

Steve Taft (2015)
BA Williams College, MA University of Virginia