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.
Latin: Advanced Latin 1, Advanced Latin 2, AP Latin
French: French 1, French 2, Adv. 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
Mandarin: Mandarin 1, Adv. Mandarin II, and Adv. Mandarin III
Marino Carlos Segura Beltran (M.A. & Ph.D.) Was born in Valencia, Spain. Marino loves more than just traveling, he loves being part of different countries and cultures. He has lived in Italy, Mexico, Russia, United States and Colombia. Additionally, he has a passion for cats, parrots, dogs, books, sports (live and on TV). Marino was a City councilman in his Home Town, but has lost the mood for the politician life. He was most recently in the States to complete his MA and Ph.D. and work in a private Jewish School for ten years.
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.
Holden Hollingsworth (B.A., History, Texas Christian University) First year at St. Thomas High School. Currently he teaches Modern World History, Spanish I and coaches Cross Country.
Lorin Lee (B A., M.A. in Asian Cultures and Languages from The University of Texas at Austin) joined St. Thomas in 2017. In addition to teaching Mandarin, she also works in the LEC as a math tutor, helping students with Algebra 1 to Pre-Calculus. In addition to her UT degrees, Lorin has studied at Zhejiang University of Technology in China and National Chengchi University in Taiwan. She has taught Chinese to students of all ages, and has also had the privilege of teaching English in South Korea as a Fulbright scholar.
Dustin Lyles is a native of East Texas, originally from Tyler, and a graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics. Upon graduation, he moved to Spain for a year to teach English where he deepened his language skills and developed a passion for being an instructor. After teaching Spanish for three years at Baylor, Mr. Lyles moved to Houston and began teaching three courses at St. Thomas this year, Spanish I, Advanced Spanish III and Spanish IV. His research interests include second language acquisition and bilingualism.
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 2016 and teaches French I, II and 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.
Maurice Taraschi (B.A. Ancient Studies, University of Maryland; M.A. Mathematics, University of Minnesota; M.Ed. Latin, West Chester University) began teaching at STH in 2019. His former teaching assignments were Towson State University, Classical Academy, and Saint Thomas Academy. He taught 22 years at this last school and led 14 trips to European countries. He teaches Advanced Latin 1, 2, and 3 as well as AP Latin.