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Andrea Socias

Middle School Learner Support Teacher

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

My career began working, given my musical background, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This is the national performing arts center in Washington, DC.  When I worked there, I made programming accessible to people with disabilities. I met celebrities on stage like Cate Blanchett, Laurence Fishburn, and Jerry Steinfeld and was backstage with former President Barack Obama when he gave a speech for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Kennedy Center. I loved the work but knew that I wanted to spend my longer-term career doing less administrative work and more hands-on work with people with disabilities. This is when I decided to become an educator. I began teaching in Fairfax County outside of Washington, DC, and then moved abroad to teach internationally!

What brought you to Madrid?

My husband, whom I met young at 17 years old, moved to the United States from Barcelona when we were both in high school. He came to my small hometown of Hudson, Ohio and it is at Hudson High School that we serendipitously met. We connected and over the years of living life alongside him my life not only took an international spin, but a fondness for the culture and lifestyle in Spain grew in me as well. When I began teaching internationally, first in London, then in Morocco, and next to Switzerland, I knew I wanted to end up eventually in Spain.  When the opportunity came to work at ASM, it was the right moment and the right fit, and I'm thrilled to get to continue my career as an international educator here!

Imagine a day with no responsibilities, how would you spend it?

I would most definitely spend it at home and with my family. I am passionate about family and the important grounding role it can play in my and in anyone's life.  

Fun fact about you? 

I am a cellist!  I have played the cello since I was about 5 years old and continue to perform whenever and however I can.