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.


Eileen Kelly-Aguirre
Interim Resident Director
SYA Spain

SYA Spain Resident DirectorEileen Kelly-Aguirre, Interim Resident Director, SYA Spain

Eileen Kelly-Aguirre joined SYA in August 2014 and served as Executive Director of SYA for three years. During this time, Kelly-Aguirre fortified SYA’s strategic position through multiple initiatives, including leading SYA through a successful accreditation update; refreshing and updating SYA’s mission statement; creating and filling a Curriculum Director position; and strengthening ties with related professional organizations. Prior to joining SYA, Kelly-Aguirre served as the Assistant and then Associate Head at The Gunnery (CT), where she served as an administrator for almost almost two decades. Prior to her work at The Gunnery she served as Assistant Director of Middlebury in Madrid, spending the school year supporting undergraduate, graduate students and faculty while abroad, and the summers working for the Middlebury Spanish School in Vermont. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Kelly-Aguirre earned her MA from Middlebury College (VT) and completed coursework for a PhD in Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University.

Spain Faculty and Staff

Carlota Abad (2017)
Spanish Philology
BA University of Zaragoza, MS

Alcalá de Henares

Dr. 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

Dr. 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

Kevin Buddhu (2017)
BA San Diego State University, MA Middlebury College

Dr. María Ángeles Errazu (1998)
Literature, Journalism, Co-Curriculars Coordinator
BA, MEd, PhD University of Zaragoza

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

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

Eileen Kelly-Aguirre (2017)
Interim Resident Director
BA Wesleyan University, MA Middlebury College, EdD coursework, Central Connecticut State University

Elena Lain (2011)
Administrative Assistant
BA University of Madrid

Antonio Pina (2007)
Politcal Science
BA/MA Comlutense University of Madrid (on leave for 2017-2018)

Andrea Orben (2017)
College Counseling Liaison
BA/BS University of Boulder, MPH University of North Carolina

Will Orben (2017)
BA Lehigh University, EdM Columbia University

Marimar Orós (2010)
Economics, Financial Administrator
Teaching Certification, JD University of Zaragoza

Dr. Diana Valero Errazu (2017)
Standardized Testing Coordinator