Director, Athena Spain
Marta has directed Spanish language and immersion programs since 1997. As a native of Conil she sees the program as a very personal way to invite American students into her hometown. Marta lives in New York City during the year and understands exactly what American students of Spanish are looking for when it comes to building Spanish fluency. Marta has also led customized programs for US schools in Spain and designed cultural immersion programs in Barcelona, Nice and Florence. Marta has seen firsthand how a homestay experience is the best possible learning environment for our students and her family even hosted an American student back in 1990. Marta received an honors degree in linguistics and translation from the University of Granada, Spain.
Leonor Brenes Bermúdez
Assistant Director, Athena Spain
Leonor has directed Spanish language programs and worked closely with high school students each summer since 2001. As a native of Conil, she knows all the homestay families and staff extremely well and ensures the curriculum and all aspects of the program are delivered successfully. Leo has led numerous language programs in Spain as well as school trips to Salamanca and Barcelona and has directed summer arts courses for Christie’s Education in New York. Leo has taught Spanish at all levels both in Spain and in the U.S. as well as leading IB programming and Spanish curriculum development. She is currently a Spanish teacher at St. David’s school in NYC. Leo received her BA in English literature from the University of Seville.