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 Taylor and I am from Seattle,WA. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a degree in Spanish and Romance Linguistics. I studied abroad in Cádiz and later taught English at a school in Galicia. In my free time I like to travel, read and spend time with friends and family. I hope to become a teacher one day so I am very happy for this experience. It will be a fun year working with the students of Severo Ochoa!


Hi, my name is Diana and I am a new assistant to this school. I am from Miami, FL USA and I am very happy to be here in Spain. Miami is very multicultural, but I like Madrid because of its beautiful architecture and fascinating history. I love learning languages, cooking, the cinema and doing sport. Spain is a lovely country with many friendly people. I look forward to working with our primary students to help improve their English and educate them more about my culture and country.