Meet the faculty and staff of our Spanish Academy abroad in Salamanca, Spain.
Claire Scribner, Program Director
Claire comes to Salamanca from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is a Dean and Spanish teacher at the William Penn Charter School. She received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Haverford College, her M.S. in Conflict Resolution from Creighton University, and her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Chestnut Hill College. Claire has successfully led professional teams of educators while serving in the role of Academic Dean, and she has gained an in-depth understanding of Latin American and Spanish cultures through extensive travel, study, and work abroad. Having served as a Spanish teacher with MIL in previous years, Claire is looking forward to joining the Academy's team this summer as Program Director in Salamanca!
Valle Fernández, Resident Director
A native of Zamora, Spain, Valle graduated from the University of Salamanca and studied abroad as a student in Southampton, England. She served as Resident Director for a study abroad program for many years, where she was responsible for overseeing housing and academic affairs, cultural activities and excursions, medical issues, and customized experiential education opportunities. She loves working in an intercultural environment and is always happy to explain and share everything about the Spanish culture with her students.
Valle is very passionate about education and languages; prior to her work in the field of international education, Valle taught English as Second Language to high school students. She has also attended workshops and teacher training courses for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language.
Valle holds a M.A and a B.A in English Language and English and North-American Literature. She loves travelling and has travelled extensively in Europe and The United States. She lives in Salamanca with her husband and their 16-year-old son.
Barbara Liberator, Center Director
Originally from the United States, Barbara Liberatore has been living and working in Salamanca for over 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Master’s degree in Italian Studies from Brown University where she also held a teaching assistantship. Barbara brings more than 20 years of experience in teaching, management, and supervision in international education. She taught in Brown University’s Summer Intensive English Program for many years, worked as Assistant Director for the University of Rhode Island’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, and directed other study abroad programs there before beginning with IES Abroad.