On September 26th, Spencer Cryder, the new Embassy Deputy Cultural Attaché, participated, along with representatives of the embassies of Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Germany and the British Council in the opening ceremony of the orientation session for more than 2,700 Language Assistants from different countries. Mercedes Marin, the Comunidad de Madrid’s Director General for Bilingualism and Innovation Program presided over the event. During his brief remarks, Mr. Cryder highlighted that ¨programs such as this help us build stronger bilateral relationships and, overall, can change people’s lives for the better. It is a real pleasure to be here this morning with this impressive group of Teaching Assistants and to be able to highlight the importance of education as a building block of society and an engine for economic prosperity”. Later, Spencer Cryder and Jane Strei, from the Consulate’s American Citizens Services Unit, met with 160 of the around 2,000 American English Teaching Assistants assigned to Madrid schools this year.