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Alumni Spotlight: Ms. Ana Mercadal '03

ASB's Head of Human Resources, Ms. Ana Mercadal '03 remembers many colleagues who are still on staff from her student days at ASB - even her boss, Mr. Volchock, who use to be her HS Principal!
Ms. Ana Mercadal
Ms. Ana Mercadal

Ms. Ana Mercadal, Head of Human Resources

Ms. Ana is probably one of the staff members you hear the least about, but a vital part of operations at ASB who supports the backbone of all things related to having our teachers live and work in Barcelona. 

She attended ASB as a student herself from 1998 until graduation in 2003, after which she completed her Bachelor in Communications at the University of Barcelona. With a British mother and Catalan father, Ana grew up immersed in both cultures and subsequently has great understanding and empathy for both our Spanish and international personnel.

Ms. Ana's mother, Ms. Ros, also worked for ASB, initially as a homeroom teacher in ECC, then as a G2/3 teacher in the Elementary School, and finally as an IT Coordinator, before she retired in 2014.

Her favorite recollections are from classes with Mr. Brasher (HS History), Ms. Macnamee (HS English Lit), and Ms. Chandlee (G5).

When asked what she misses from those early school days, Ms. Ana shares, "the sense of family, the school was small and approachable. You knew everyone, and everyone knew you. One of my favorite memories was playing on the soccer field.  In those days, the field was just an open and dusty space. As an elementary student, that was the perfect setting to build trenches and huts made from overgrown grass and whatever else we would find."

Colleagues on staff who were a part of the ASB community when Ms. Ana was a student include Ms. Elena Ballesta, Mr. Mark Smith, Mr. Steve Bartlett, Mr. Tom Brasher, Ms. Marta Aguayo, Ms. Marta Vernet, Ms. Bronwyn Evans, Ms. Susan Fleming, Ms. Lynda Johnson... and even her boss, Mr. Volchok, who used to be her HS Principal!

One word to describe ASB? "Caring."

Once a Lynx, Always a Lynx!
#Lynx4Life #ASBtogether

Contributed: October 2020

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