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  Ana Garcia de Jalon


The Spanish Center is made possible through an existing agreement between the state of Washington and the kingdom of Spain. We supervise and implement several K-12 education programs that aim to further the understanding of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture.

The 18th Annual Drawing and Literary Contest for K–12 Students of Spanish language closed on February 26. The 2016 theme related to a quote from Miguel de Cervantes’ master piece, “Don Quijote de la Mancha: Sancho, freedom is one of the most precious gifts that has been bestowed upon human beings.” Student artwork, prose, and poetry for each contest addressed this theme. The awards ceremony was held at the University of Washington on May 7.

  • Elementary School—5 awards
  • Middle School—5 awards
  • High School—13 awards

The 19th Annual Drawing and Literary Contest will be announced in November 2016.

Visiting Teachers
Highly-qualified teachers from Spain of both elementary and secondary education can be hired through the school districts. These teachers are supported by OSPI's International Education Visiting and Exchange Teacher Program. If your district or school is interested in applying or learning more, contact Ana Garcia de Jalon at Learn more about this program (in Spanish).

Center for Spanish Studies at the UW
Situated at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Center for Spanish Studies keeps a great deal of material related to the Spanish language and the cultures of the countries that speak Spanish. The Center also organizes activities for professional development for teachers of Spanish of all levels. All teachers of the state of Washington are welcome to join in!

Grants for North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain
This program, sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Spain, gives grants to University graduates and undergraduates to spend an academic year in Spain helping in English classes in schools all over the country. Learn more about this program.

Language and Culture Assistants
Through this program, University graduates and undergraduates from Spain come over for a school year to help in the class of Spanish in North American schools. How to apply and what to do.


   Updated 6/9/2016

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