New Language Assistants Have Arrived!

This year IES La Senda is lucky to have 7 native English speakers from all over the world! There are three collaborating teachers and four language assistants! Here’s a brief introduction from each of them so you can get to know the people that will be helping out in the classrooms all year!

Collaborating Teachers


Hello! My name is Deirdre and I’m an art teacher from Ireland. I’m from a town called Gorey in the southeast of Ireland, but I lived in Dublin for many years before moving to Spain. This is my second year living in Madrid. My favourite thing about living here is the pleasant climate. The thing I miss the most from Ireland, apart from my family and friends, is being close to the sea. I studied Spanish when I was in school and have always wanted to live in Spain. Madrid is a fantastic city and I love being able to visit the art museums and galleries. I’ve gotten a great first impression from the students and staff at IES La Senda and I look forward to a year of teaching here.


My name is Frances (Nic Reamoinn). I am from Dublin, Ireland. I am a Physical Education teacher and this is my 2nd year teaching PE in Spain. I obviously love sports, but my favourites are athletics, volleyball, swimming, cycling and hiking. I used to run for Ireland and ran in the European and World Cross Country Championships. I love Spain…the food, the siestas, the fiestas and of course..the weather! 1 interesting fact about me is I have a huge family, I have 5 sisters and 3 brothers!!! Great fun! Well i guess that´s me!


I was born in Evanston, Illinois, grew up in southern California, and moved to Madrid from Seattle, Washington.  I earned a BA in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego in 2001 and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University in 2014.  I came to Madrid to begin my teaching career in a new country in order to experience a new language and culture as I continue to grow as a teacher of social studies and theatre arts.  I am very happy to be working with so many talented teachers and students at La Senda, and look forward to the years ahead.  

Language Assistants



My name is Colleen and I am one of the language assistants at La Senda this year. I am from New York. My house is about twenty minutes outside New York City. I lived at home with my parents and two brothers. I also have a dog named Jack! I studied Spanish literature when I was in college, which is part of the reason I wanted to come to Spain! I look forward to working with all the students and teachers at La Senda this year!


Hi! I’m Ellen and I am from a small town near Seattle,WA called Poulsbo. This is my second year as a language assistant in Spain. I was in a secondary school in Salamanca, Castilla y León last year. I graduated from Western Washington University and graduated with a BA in History as well as Spanish. During my four years at college I was lucky enough to do a semester abroad at the University of Salamanca! I love traveling, meeting new people, soccer, and learning new languages. As of now I only know English and Spanish (más o menos) but would love to learn French and Italian in the future. I am very excited to be in Getafe all year working with a great staff and amazing students!


I am Michael, or Mike, originally from a town very near to Leeds which is in the North of England. I studied Geography at the University of Manchester and worked in the city for a year after graduating. Since then I lived in Australia for a year and have travelled to many different countries both in Asia and Latin America. Now I am currently in Spain will be here for the next year. 


I have grown up right beside the Pacific Ocean in Tauranga, New Zealand. Having graduated from AUT (Auckland University of Technology) in August with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a minor in Event Management. I am super excited to be working, living, and traveling on the other side of the world in a country and continent of my dreams.

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