Spanish Immersion

Meet our Instructors


Hi, my name is Elizabeth Olvera, and I was born in the Midwest, but call San Antonio my home.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Communication with a Spanish minor and my Masters in Spanish Literature from this institution – The University of Texas at San Antonio.  While working on Masters, I was a TA, and fell in love with teaching!  Thus, I have been teaching ever since - approximately 15 years!

I am passionate about teaching, learning and sharing all things about Spanish, but all about languages in general.  I enjoy working with our collegiate students very much!  Helping them progress in all aspects of their learning the language—written, spoken, reading, and culture—may be at times a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.  I strive to contribute in the growth and improvement of the learner’s capabilities in Spanish, but also to create a learning community that nurtures growth in a positive and fun environment. 


Spencer Galvan has been teaching for 12 years and currently is Assistant Professor of Spanish and the Spanish Discipline Lead at St. Philip's College.  She also teaches Humanities, Mexican American Fine Arts, and Education courses at SPC and is a member of an extended reality research team aimed at multidisciplinary integration of VR and AR in the classroom.  A graduate of Schreiner University and Texas Tech University, Spencer has dedicated years to the research of language learning and educational best practices and has a passion for using scavenger hunts, experiential learning, service learning, games, competitions, technology, and virtual reality in the classroom.  She has lived in Texas and Spain, and has spent time traveling in the U.S., Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Italy, and France.



Ada Zamarripa is the director of La Comunidad at The University of Texas at San Antonio. 

She received her law degree from la Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey in Mexico. She completed a Master's degree in Spanish at UTSA in 2022. Ada has been working with students that are eager to learn and keep practicing their Spanish language, supporting them in anyway she can. As a young student of English as second language, she knows and understands the struggles of learning a new language and she focuses her attention on the needs of her students. Her love for and appreciation of their individual stories motivates her to continuing advocating for the students she serves at UTSA.


List of Activities

  • Feria (canicas, matatena, calabaceado, juegos de carnaval)
  • Aprende a hacer una piñata
  • Taller de cerámica
  • Clases de dibujo
  • Bailes y sones del mundo hispano hablante
  • VR: un día en España y Machu Picchu 
  • Telefóno descompuesto: Español Médico
  • Cocina aprende a hacer flautas y diferentes tipos de salsa
  • Cocina con presupuesto arepas colombianas vs venezolanas 
  • Cocina un postre arroz con leche
  • Excursión a las Misiones
  • Excursión al Instituto Cultural Mexicano
  • Excursión en DT San Antonio aprende de las relaciones internacionales de nuestra ciudad


*The Detailed Schedule will be published on April 25, 2022*

  • Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - classes
    • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - lunch
    • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm - cultural activities
  • The schedule may vary on Thursdays because of the field trips
  • The academy will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 (Memorial Day) 
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