Hello! My name is John Preston Houston and I am the new assistant! I am from Coosada, AL, a small town in the countryside of the Southern United States. I just graduated university with bachelor degrees in English Language and Literature and Spanish Language. I love to travel, listening to music and enjoying good food with friends. I studied in Madrid for a brief time a couple years ago, but there is so much more I want to explore in the city and around Spain! I am very happy to have the opportunity to get to know the students and help them with their English. I know I will get as much from the experience as they will.



Hi, my name is Chris Cherney. I am from Cleveland, Ohio—a Midwestern American city right on one of the Great Lakes (Lake Erie). I went to Kent State University in Ohio and graduated with a degree in English Literature and Writing. I enjoy writing, playing music, cooking, and travel. This is my third year with the Language Assistant Program, but this is my first year in Madrid. My first year I spent in Jaén and my second in Málaga. I’m really excited to get the chance to explore such a culturally rich, diverse, and lively city such as Madrid! I’m really looking forward to working at CEIP Doctor Severo Ochoa this year. I feel so grateful for this opportunity!


My name is Emily Vouk, and I am one of the assistants this year. I grew up in Watertown, Minnesota, which is in the northern part of the United States. At university, I studied Spanish and English. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing the piano and going for walks.

In 2014, I spent the summer studying in Salamanca. I enjoyed my time so much that I decided to come back to Spain after graduating from university. Last year I was an assistant at IES Juana I de Castilla in Tordesillas. I loved my experience and decided to renew my position in the program, but this time in Madrid. I am excited for this year at CEIP Doctor Severo Ochoa.


Hello! My name is Jack Fojut, and I am from Rochester, Minnesota, which is a city in the Northern United States. Minnesota is known for being a beautiful state with lots of lakes, and it receives a lot of snow. I just graduated from university where I studied sociology. During my free time I like to play football and go hiking with my friends. This is my first time in Madrid and I am looking forward to living and working in Spain! I look forward to teaching, and getting to know all of the kids at CEIP Doctor Severo Ochoa.