Language Peer Mentors and Student Liaisons

The Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies Department has a number of language resources helpful to students studying Spanish. This includes the Spanish Language Floor Living-Learning Community, as well as weekly conversations with peer language assistants in Spanish classes. The weekly Language Table offers further opportunities to practice speaking spanish through lively dinner conversations. The Q&A Sessions with the language mentor offer additional support around the concepts of learning a language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Spanish Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Nathacha Almanzar

Nathacha Almanzar ’22, Spanish Language Mentor

¡Hola! My name is Nathacha (she/they pronouns) and I am a senior graduating this fall! I am a Spanish major with a minor in Critical Social Thought and a focus in Black Latinx and Caribbean Studies. I was born and raised in New York City with familial roots in the Dominican Republic. While at MHC, my Spanish language studies have taken me on adventures to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Havana, Cuba, so come talk to me if you want a reason to study abroad! You can typically find me listening, dancing, or singing to music. When I'm not living my life like a Broadway musical I am typically painting, knitting, or watching Netflix (probably true crime, anime, or reality tv). Don't be surprised if I ask you for your horoscope sign!

Gaby Barber

Gaby Barber ’23, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 209

¡Hola! My name is Gaby (she/her/ella) and I am a junior from southern Maine double majoring in English and Spanish. I'm involved on campus as a reader and the promotions director for the Mount Holyoke Review. My goal is to spend this summer doing a hospitality internship in Spain, where I can practice my language skills while gaining experience in hospitality– I hope to work in the industry after I graduate. I'm so excited to be the Language Assistant for Spanish 209!

Cristina Gonzalez

Cristina Gonzalez ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212 

¡Hola a todxs! My name is Cristina and I am a senior at Mount Holyoke College. I am a Mathematics and Spanish double major on the teacher’s licensure track for math. I am a native Spanish speaker and so I am really excited to be working as a Language Assistant (and tutor) again this year. If you have any questions or just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Ava Provolo

Ava Provolo ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212

¡Hola! My name is Ava and I am a senior from Guilford, Connecticut double majoring in English & Spanish. I am currently a budding comedy screenwriter and I love talking about running, baking, and music! I have truly fallen in love with the Spanish language over the myriad years of learning it and I can't wait to share that passion with y'all. I am so excited to be the Language Assistant for Spanish 209 again this year!

Monica Lamberti

Monica Lamberti ’23 FP, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212

¡Hola! My name is Monica and I will be the Language Assistant for Spanish 212. I am originally from Peru, and I am a Junior Frances Perkins Scholar majoring in Spanish with a minor in Education. My hope is to teach Spanish to high school students, and I am very excited about working with students at MHC in their Preparation for Advanced Studies class. I recently completed an internship at a Japanese university where I helped students with their English writing and speaking skills, and I loved that experience. Language learning, communication and cultural exchange are passions of mine, and I am looking forward to sharing those experiences with the students.

Grace Lara

Grace Lara ’24, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212

¡Hola! My name is Grace, my pronouns are they/them/elle, and I'm a sophomore from Brewster, New York (about an hour's drive north of NYC). I am a Spanish major and prospective Latina/o/x Studies minor. I'm super excited to be a Language Assistant for Spanish 212 this semester! I've been studying Spanish for 7 years and since joining the department at MHC have only fallen more in love with the language! Outside of class, I love listening to Spanish music, reading & writing poetry, and baking. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or just to say hi. I love getting to know new people!

Cristina Cavaleri

Cristina Cavaleri ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish Cafecito

¡Hola! My name is Cristina and I am a senior this year at Mount Holyoke! I am a Spanish and International Relations double major. I am from Albany, New York, and have two older sisters, my dad (from the United States) and my mom (from Mexico). I have been speaking Spanish all my life, but I love to take classes to further immerse myself in the language. I am very excited to be back on campus and work as a Language Assistant for the Cafecito de Español! When I am not working, I like to hang out with friends, read, go on walks, and sing with Vocal Jazz. Since I was little, I have always loved my mom teaching me about Mexican culture such as holidays, music, books, movies, and food. Being a part of the Spanish-speaking community has not only taught me traditions from other Hispanic countries but has also allowed me to contribute and teach others as well. If you have any questions about how to get more involved (or just want to chat), please don’t hesitate to reach out! I love meeting new people and I am excited to get to know you!

Dinanyelin Martinez

Dinanyelin Martinez ’24, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish Cafecito

¡Hola! My name is Dinanyelin, and I am a sophomore. I am currently majoring in Spanish. I am from New York City, but I was born in and spent my childhood in the Dominican Republic. I have been speaking Spanish all my life, but I love learning more about Spanish and Latin America. I am incredibly excited to be part of and work with el Cafecito de Español. Some of my favorite hobbies include skateboarding, playing volleyball, crafting/art, watching cartoons, visiting new places, and exploring new things. I am also always excited to meet new people. Feel free to contact me with any questions or just to chat.

Jude Barrera ’24, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212