Jesús Ribera Boigues (Manager)
He has a degree in Economics by the University of Valencia. He is the manager of the centre and the person who will help you with nay problem or doubt that can arise during your stay. He’s a kind and extroverted person, so do not hesitate to talk to him when needed. You will find him easily, both in the morning and in the afternoon, in the administration office located in the first floor.
He will also be with you in most of the trips and workshops offered by the Academia la Pagoda. Jesús loves football, especially the Valencia C.F. Do you want to visit the Mestalla stadium or see any match? Do not worry because Jesús will be your expert guide. However, Jesús also likes and practices other sports such as basketball, tennis and water polo.
Jesús loves Valencia. During his free time, and also during the weekend, he enjoys walking throughout the city centre, swimming in the Malvarrosa beach and eating a tasty paella on Sunday.
Esther Jávega Girón (Head of Administration)
She has a degree in Economics by the University of Valencia. She is in charge of managing and leading your fees, enrolments, bills and certificates. You will have to check with her all the procedures that you need to do. She will always help you with a smile in the reception of the Academia la Pagoda. Esther, along with Jesús, is in charge of the accommodation management in the Colegio Mayor Ausias March, which collaborates with out centre.
During her free time she loves preparing desserts. He can prepare all kinds of sweets, so do not hesitate and try to taste them is you can! Studying with sweets can be a good experience! In addition, she will teach you some tricks and she will give you some information about local food, for example, where and what to eat in Valencia.
What is Esther’s favourite place? One of her favourite places is the Colón Market, where you will find a great variety of products located in one of the best spots of Valencia. She also likes going out to pubs in Ruzafa, where the fashion and the last tendencies take place.
DEPARTAMENTO DE ESPAÑOL
Rubén Medina i Santos (Academic Coordinator)
He has a degree in Classical Philology by the University of Valencia, with postgraduate studies in Languages, Literature and European History (AUTH), and master in Language Science and Spanish Linguistics (UNED). He is credited examiner (levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) by the Instituto Cervantes for the DELE exams, where he collaborates actively. He has worked as an E/LE teacher the last recent years in Spain, Greece and Italy. He loves reading, the art, the cinema, travelling and, above all, learning languages. He speaks Spanish, Catalan, Modern Greek, English, French, Arabic and Hebrew. He will be delighted if you teach him some words in your language.
Currently he combines the research in the language field, as a doctorate student in the University of Salamanca with the teaching of Spanish. He is in charge of the preparatory lessons for the DELE exams and of the Spanish lessons in the superior level.
Rubén loves visiting museums and outdoors areas, so you will find him visiting any exposition or walking throughout the old riverbed of the Turia.
He will be waiting for you in the teachers’ room if you have any doubt about the lessons, content or anything in relation with the Spanish language or the activities that the academy offers.
Lucía Boscà Gómez (Spanish Teacher)
Lucía Boscà Gómez was born in Valencia in 1985. She has a degree in Spanish Philology and has worked as an E/LE teacher in the University of Valencia. In 2008 she travelled to Togo (Africa), where she taught children in collaboration with the Djidjole Afrique Association. She has also worked helping the refugees (ACNUR).
She has always felt the need of changing this world, which she considers unfair, and she thinks that teaching is one the best ways to achieve it. She really lives the learning-teaching with passion and she understands it as a enriching and reciprocal process that allows both the student and the teacher to learn from each other. She speaks French, Catalan, Spanish and Italian. Her hobby is the hockey, sport that she has been practicing since she was 12 years old.
She loves poetry, so that is the reason why she has attended to workshops about creative writing; we could say that the creative works are her great inspiration: art, music and cinema. She has published poems in different literary journals, and also the journal with the title “Por error” (Valencia, Ejemplar único, 2013). In 2014, she received the X National Award of Young Poetry “Felix Grande” due to his first poetry book: “Ruidos”. Nowadays she keeps writing, silently but inevitably.
Martina Monllau Queral (Spanish Teacher)
She has a degree in Romanic Philology by the University of Barcelona, with a master in E/LE by the University Rovira I Virgili in Tarragona. Recently she has worked in Italy and Spain as an E/LE teacher and she also teaches Catalan and Italian. Currently she combines teaching with studying languages. She likes reading, the European cinema, the popular culture and sewing. In addition, during her free time she loves to learn Valencian popular dances and discovering the most unusual places of Valencia.
During the lesson, she likes to share her passion for the cinema with her students; a short film is always an easy topic to have a conversation, about grammar or lexis. Furthermore, you will also learn a lot about the Spanish culture and festivals with her. She is our expert in Fallas, the most important festival in our city.
Martina loves walking throughout the city with her mythic bicycle Bolero, especially along the old riverbed of the Turia, which is nowadays a beautiful gardened area.
She speaks: Catalan, Spanish, Italian, English, French and Occitan.
Raúl Gisbert Cantó (English Teacher)
He has a degree in English Philology by the University of Valencia. He has a master in Teacher of Secondary Education and a master in Creative and Humanistic Translation. Currently he is doctorate student in the programme Doctorate in Languages, Literatures, Cultures and their Applications. Recently he has been collaborator in the cinema journal L’Atalante. Revista de estudios cinematográficos and in the Faculty of Medicine as an English teacher with lessons about conversational English for teachers and also translator focused on medical texts.
He has been participant in several international congresses such as Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Española de Lingüística Aplicada (AESLA) which took place in Alicante and the Congreso Entretextos, in relation with the Traducción especializada: investigación y profesión in Valencia. He also belongs to the research group Citrans (Intercultural Communication and Translation), from the University of Valencia.
Among his hobbies we can find reading, the cinema, travelling and the analysis of the cultural and linguistic aspects that arise from the research in languages, such as the Asiatic and American culture.
Antonio García de los Ríos Cerveró (Sciences Teacher)
He is an agricultural engineer by the University Polytechnic of Valencia, with a master in Prevention of Occupational Risks, Quality and Environment. After working in several areas apart from teaching, he discovered his dreamt job when he realized that he enjoyed teaching and dealing with students.
He loves every single aspect in relation with the plants and orchards, taking into account the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). He is concerned about the environment and tries to keep the nature safe.
Apart from the environmental issues, he likes meeting his friends, visiting new places and enjoying leisure events such as films and concerts.
He is a good Valencian, so he loves eating paella on Sunday and drinking a tasty orchata in summer.