At LAE Madrid, we are proud to present our Union Representatives, who work with the directors and staff to continue to make LAE Madrid a great place to work, as well as to study Spanish.

Our school is not only made up of teachers and student support staff, but we also have people working behind the scenes that are integral to how the school runs and the experiences our students have. Our Union representatives are from all parts of the company and truly reflect the international atmosphere of LAE Madrid and demonstrate the varied talents and responsibilities of all areas of our academy.

Diego Cobos Rodríguez


Diego has a mechanical engineering background and started out in the world of language teaching through a TEFL course, to teach English as a Foreign Language. He quickly fell in love with teaching Spanish and joined the team at LETS just as the school opened in 2013. He is an avid reader and is passionate about linguistics, phonetics and phonology.

Gimena Sánchez Arnau


Gimena works welcoming students and organizing the Spanish groups to make sure LAE Madrid’s classes work like clockwork, week in week out. Gimena qualified as a social worker and worked for more than 20 years with teenagers, before qualifying as a TEFL teacher and getting her MA in Spanish linguistics. She has worked for years with LAE Madrid as a Spanish teacher, before moving to the admin side of things and is a constant smile on the front desk, alongside Karmen.

She loves singing, dancing, traveling, cooking, meeting people and writing.

Iryna Rudyk


Iryna did her degree and Master’s degree in International Law and after working in the field at pro-bono legal centers in Kyiv, she decided to look internationally for new professional adventures and did a double MBA in International Marketing and PR & Communications in Barcelona. She joined LAE Madrid as a Marketing intern and fell in love with Madrid and the team, as well as the world of education. She worked her way up through the department and is now marketing manager.

What do you love about your job?

“When I am asked this, I always reply saying the same thing: it’s one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. To watch how a student improves the way they express themselves and communicates in just a few weeks is very satisfying, especially with lower levels where progress is more obvious.

“Being a Spanish language teacher enables me to meet people from all over the world and learn about customs, culture and different ways of seeing things. Many times in class, I feel like I learn so much from the students as well!”

 What is your goal as a Union Representative?

“I am keen to be the point of contact for employees so that there is good communication to improve the working experience of the staff, and in turn,  the students!”

What are your professional passions?

“I love teaching and mentoring, as well as coordinating and making sure the school runs smoothly.”

What is your goal as a Union Representative?

“To be a bridge between everyone in LAE Madrid and to build a solid team.”

What do you love about your job?

“I love showing the world what a great place Madrid is to study and, as a former Spanish student myself, I know how important the experience of learning is and how a great atmosphere in the classroom is key to learning effectively.”

What is your goal as a Union Representative?

“I want to represent the international, non-Spanish-speaking element of our team and facilitate communication between all of the sections of the school.”

If you would like to know more about working at LAE Madrid, check out our Work with LAE Madrid page.