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
Mandarin: Mandarin 1
(B.S. Agricultural Economics and Dairy Science and teaching license in Vocational Agriculture Education; Post-baccalaureate and teaching license in Secondary Spanish Education, Louisiana State University; M.Ed. in Second Language Education and ESL teaching license, University of Houston) is a Spanish II and Spanish III teacher at St. Thomas. Pedro is from Colombia where he graduated from La Salle High School. He has taught all levels of secondary Spanish at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School in Hammond, LA, and all levels of Spanish and ESL in Houston at Alief ISD, Spring Branch ISD and Harris County Department of Education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Schmidt-Morrell (B.A., Classical Languages, Trinity University) joined St. Thomas in 2017 and teaches Latin I, II, III, IV and World Geography. Previously, she taught Latin at The Regis School in Houston for five years, and at Brandeis High School in San Antonio for three years.