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 World Languages 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, Advanced Latin 3, Advanced Latin 4
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 2, and Adv. Mandarin 3, Mandarin 4
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.
Sharrah Lane Born in Texas and raised in Virginia, Sharrah Lane completed both her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish at the University of Virginia before coming to the University of Kentucky to complete her Ph.D. She has taught a wide range of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in Spanish language, literature and culture.
Lorin Lee (B A., M.A. in Asian Cultures and Languages from The University of Texas at Austin) is the Dean of the World Languages department. She joined St. Thomas in 2017 to create and build the Mandarin program. Prior to coming to St. Thomas, she was a Fulbright scholar in South Korea and studied Chinese at Zhejiang University of Technology in China and National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
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.