Our team is young, dynamic and motivated! The professors’ wide-range of related experience and specialized skills make them experts at teaching Spanish to foreigners. We have put together a team of highly qualified and committed teachers, all enthusiastic and eager to help students learn about Spanish culture and language. Our staff is dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience by creating stimulating, up-to-date, and effective programs.
Eva Veda – Accomodation
Eva is responsible for ensuring student satisfaction with their preferred housing assignments. Whether you choose to live with a host family, in a residence, or in a shared or private student apartment, Eva will assign you to the accommodation that best fits your wants and needs while abroad. She is always available to answer any questions or solve any concerns related to accommodation once you are here.
Raquel Durán – Logistics
Raquel is responsible for the organization and logistics of all afternoon activities, from history, art and literature conferences to dance classes, cooking classes and film screenings. She takes care of the residence located upstairs and oversees students as they come and go from their different activities. She is there to answer any general questions.
Asunción Garrido – Academic Director
Asun is the first smiling face that students see when they come through Mester´s doors. She organizes class schedules, places students in their appropriate levels, and schedules elective courses and conferences. She is the person to talk to about changing your level if you feel your class is too hard or too easy. Asun also takes responsibility for teaching certain upper level language courses, along with the course for Spanish Professors. She leads the group effort to continuously update classroom materials, providing students with up-to-date and effective learning tools.
Jorge Martín – International Relations
Jorge communicates with groups from all over the world. He speaks English very well and is a great person to get in touch with before coming to Mester. He is experienced teaching the course for Spanish professors, and develops classroom materials. He will remind you that at Mester, we are very flexible and interested in designing new study abroad programs and course curriculum, so don´t hesitate to ask him about your specific interests!
Irina Shishkova – Registrations
Irina´s responsibilities include completing student registrations, maintaining the database and providing a helping hand to students with questions about any and all goings-on in Mester. Irina is available and approachable, as she speaks Spanish, English and Russian. Before, during and after normal morning classes in Mester, she is happy to help with any concern or request a student may have.
Carlos guides study abroad groups on various excursions, tours and activities. He provides tours of Salamanca, incorporating lots of interesting information about history and architecture. He also accompanies groups on weekend excursions, to historically significant sites such as Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Zamora, La Alberca and many more. He looks forward to helping you choose from all that Mester has to offer!
Diego Ildefonso – IT
Diego is our go-to tech-savvy IT guy. All of our classrooms have digital boards, which allow teachers to be creative in their teaching methods. Diego makes sure all technology at Mester is running smoothly, and facilitates the use of multimedia materials in the classroom.
Patricia López – Manager
Do you have questions about health insurance? Paperwork for your student visa? Payment plans, credit transfer, or internships? Patricia is here to help you resolve these administrative and sometimes overwhelming tasks.
José Ramón Hernandez López – CEO
Director and founder of Mester School, Ramón is personable, always taking time to greet new students and welcome groups. He is truly passionate about providing quality education, and his success is based on hard work and dedication. Ramón encourages a high level of commitment from his teachers and staff, who in return provide a top-notch education. He also enjoys organizing fun activities such as tapas tours and holiday parties to bring the student and staff population together, to truly enjoy Salamanca and Spanish culture.
Meet our teachers!
Mester relies on it´s excellent teaching staff to create a comfortable learning environment, and inspire confidence in the use of Spanish language. The diverse staff, which rotates and teaches a variety of levels, is made up of all native speakers with degrees in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Below, we highlight 3 teachers who have been with Mester for many years, and whose experience is a tribute to Mester´s prestige.
Belén de Castro
Belén has been working at Mester for 18 years. When asked about her favorite part about working here, she replied, “the relationships with the students.” She feels that the Spanish word familiar best describes the comfortable, family-like setting in the classroom. It really gives students and teachers the opportunity to become friends. Belén teaches grammar and conversation classes at all levels, as well as Spanish for Medicine. As an educator she feels that Mester provides “not only a great education in terms of language, but also a complete immersion into life in Salamanca.”
Consuelo has been part of Mester´s teaching staff for 19 years. She loves teaching here because of the “satisfaction of teaching her mother language,” combined with “the opportunity to learn about about distinct cultures, from students from around the world.” She enjoys sharing her point of view about “the Spanish mentality,” and learning about students´ different ways of thinking. While teaching grammar, conversation and DELE courses she is constantly making students laugh and enjoy learning.
Sandra has also spent her last 19 years teaching at Mester. Her experience in teaching grammar, conversation, medicine, courses for Spanish professors and DELE preparation makes her a well rounded and phenomenal teacher. Her favorite part of teaching at Mester is “the contact with students from different cultures and countries,” which creates open, educational and thought-provoking conversation. What makes Mester special in her opinion? “We offer so many possibilities for different types of students; from special courses to conferences, from afternoon activities to weekend excursions.” Sandra says “there is something here for everyone!”