On November 2, eager and curious seventh and eighth graders walked into Saint Victor’s newest program, Spanish class. The addition of a second language as a co-curricular class marks a new chapter in the school’s history and has both parents and students excited.
Saint Victor hosts monthly Coffees with the Principal where parents and the administration discuss ways to improve Saint Victor’s academic program. One common suggestion from parents was for Saint Victor to offer a second-language class.
Alumni who visit and often come back to volunteer in the classrooms echoed this sentiment. High-school freshman often felt a step behind their peers in their language classes whether it was Spanish, French or Mandarin.
The new Spanish teacher, Carmen Johnson comes to Saint Victor with many years of experience in both the public and private sector. She has experience working with the elderly, young people, and the African-American, Asian and Hispanic communities. Her extensive teaching background includes positions in K-12, community college, and the university level. Señora Johnson’s unique experiences make her the ideal educator for students who want to be prepared for the rigors of a high-school Spanish class.
When asked about how she hopes students will benefit from taking Spanish, she replied, “I want students to know that learning a second language opens doors for everyone.”
Teachers, administrators and parents hope that the addition of the Spanish class will help our freshman be better prepared for the high school experience and beyond.