Today we live in a global village. There is little that happens anywhere in our world that does not affect people living in other areas. Learning another language must be part of every educated person’s academic preparation. No longer can we rely on speaking only English as an effective tool for communication. Americans, sadly, lag behind in language study as part of their education and culture. Our language department is ready to make a difference. Offering four years of instruction in French, Latin and Spanish, St. Thomas prepares young men for life in the 21st Century.
Advanced Latin 1, Advanced Latin 2, Advanced Latin 3, Advanced Latin 4
French: French 1, French 2, French 3, AP French Language and Culture
Spanish: Spanish 1, Advanced Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Advanced Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Advanced Spanish 3, Spanish 4,
AP Spanish Language and Culture
(B.A., Quincy University, M.A., University of New Orleans, M.Ed., University of St. Thomas) joined the faculty in 2013, and is the Dean of the Foreign Language Department. His current teaching assignments include Spanish II, Advanced Spanish III, and AP Spanish Language and Culture. Prior teaching assignments include: Stratford High and Cristo Rey Jesuit in Houston, in addition to Tulane University and the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. During the summers, he serves as a reader for the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam for the College Board, and leads mission trips to Nicaragua. He enjoys travel and climbing volcanos in Central America in his spare time.
Mitchell G. Dowalgo, CSB (B.A., St. John Fisher College, M.Div., University of St. Michael’s College, M.A., University of Notre Dame, Post graduate studies: New York University/University of Madrid, Rochester Institute of Technology, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School) is a Basilian priest who joined the faculty in 2015, and teaches Spanish I and works with individuals in the Learning Center. Prior teaching assignments include: Assumption College School in Windsor, Ontario, Andrean High School in Merriville IN, and The Aquinas Institute in Rochester NY. Fr. Mitch has extensive experience in university ministry serving at The University of Alberta, St. John Fisher College, and New Mexico State University. He is interested in languages and different cultures, the arts and traveling. He is an excellent cook and loves spending time with friends around a large table for good food and conversation.
Danny Hernandez ’08 (B.A., University of San Diego, M.T.S., Boston College) joined the faculty in 2016, and teaches Spanish 1, Advanced Spanish II, and Spanish III. He also serves as the assistant Cross Country coach. Danny has had a rich history with the Basilian Fathers having graduated from both St. Anne Catholic School in 2004 and St. Thomas High School in 2008. While in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, he taught at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep in Brooklyn, NY. He is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and FC Barcelona.
John Lewis (B.A. Classical Studies, Baylor University, M.H. Classical and Medieval Languages, University of Dallas) joined the St. Thomas faculty in 2015. His teaching assignments include Latin I, Latin II, Latin III/IV, and World History/Geography. Mr. Lewis has taught previously at the Middle School, High School and College levels and his academic foci are the history of the Late Roman Republic and Roman Military History.
Emma Pluquet (B.A, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Post Graduate Degrees, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, M.Ed. Nicholls State University) joined the faculty in August 2016, and teaches French I, French II, French III, and AP French Language and Culture. Prior teaching assignments include: Lockport Upper Elementary in Louisiana, in addition to the Institute of Continuing Education in Brussels, Ecole Privée à Programmes Belges de Lubumbashi in Republic Democratic of Congo. She enjoys travel and reading 19th century French literature in her spare time.
Victoria Alexander-Trillo (B.A. and M.Ed., University of Houston) joined the faculty in 2014. She teaches Spanish II and Advanced Spanish II. Her interests include travel in Latin America, music and dance.