Marta Escartín- Program Director
A native of Zaragoza (Spain), Marta holds an M.A. in Hispanic Philology from the University of Zaragoza and is currently working on her doctoral thesis in second language acquisition. During the last 20 years, Marta has been working as a Spanish Language and Literature teacher at SYA Spain for the yearlong program.



Soledad Gutiérrez- Assistant Program Director, Spanish Society & Culture

Soledad (Sole) has worked at SYA for 20 years, and is a passionate advocate for the arts. She has lead SYA school trips to artistic and cultural landmarks all over Zaragoza and throughout Spain. Four years ago she created an art elective, Contemporary Art and its Roots to help students become more actively involved in the creation of new art.


Inés Trías- Spanish Society & Culture

Inés taught at SYA Spain for 15 years; 11 years when the yearlong program was in Barcelona and then for an additional four years in Zaragoza. She was a key player in the transition of the school from Barcelona to its new home in 1999. This year will be her sixth year teaching at SYA Summer Spain.


Patro Cortés- Introductory class to the AP Spanish Language & Culture exam

Patro joined SYA Summer 6 years ago. After earning her degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Zaragoza, she obtained the CAP (Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude), which allowed her to start her career as a secondary teacher. Over many years, after several specialization courses in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, she taught all levels of Spanish in both short and long-term courses.


Isabel Aguirre-Kelly- Spanish Language

Isabel currently teaches English and Spanish at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. Since graduating from Georgetown University, she has taught both English Literature and Introductory Spanish. This will be her third year teaching a course at SYA Spain Summer.


Tomás Arruebo- Spanish Society & Culture, Activities Coordinator

Tomás works as the Environmental Science teacher and the Young Erasmus Program Coordinator at SYA Spain’s yearlong program, and as associate professor in the Department of Geography and Planning of the University of Zaragoza. Tomás joined the SYA Summer Spain program 3 years ago and is looking forward to welcoming next year's students.