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World Languages Department

 

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BIENVENIDO, BIENVENUE, SALVĒ, WILLKOMMEN.

 

Below you will find information about the teachers in the World Language Department, the courses they teach and a link to their personal websites. Additionally, you will find information about our department's use of technology, including Moodle, Google Voice and Class Dojo.

NAME

 

Spanish I & Native Speakers I
Rafael Arceo

¡Hola!

French I, II, III & AP French Language
Victor Cantarella

Hi, I have been a French teacher here at California High for 17 years and an educator for over 23 years. My first two years of teaching took place In Paris, France. There, I taught English at Nanterre University. It was here that the teaching bug caught me. After returning to California, I became a substitute teacher until I received my Teaching Credential in 1997. I have been at Cal ever since. California High is a great place to be and I am extremely thankful to have the opportunity to serve the students here.

Spanish I & Native Spanish Speakers II
Oyuki Espinoza

¡Hola!

German I, II, III & AP German Language
Franz Kuzay

Hello!

Latin I, II, III & AP Latin
David Maust

Salve! That is "hello" in Latin. I am David Maust and I have taught Latin at California High School since 2004. We offer four years of Latin study at Cal-High with an option to take AP Latin in the 4th year.

I graduated from Biola University with a history degree and completed my Latin teaching credential through California State Long Beach. I enjoy teaching Latin because knowing Latin connects us more closely with both the ancient world and our own cultural heritage too. Latin is all around us, in our language, customs, history and institutions. I also see language as a highly interpersonal activity and that learning how to better communicate with one another will better our relationships and ability to meaningfully connect with others.

I also advise our Latin club, "The Dead Language Club," known as DLC. We do activities both on and off-campus to celebrate Roman culture and meet and compete with other Latin students in Southern California.

When I'm not teaching Latin I like to spend time with my family, garden, read and play folk music.

Spanish I & II
Veronica Medina Reyes

Hello, a couple of tidbits about me. I grew up and live in Whittier and am thrilled to teach in my own community. I have taught Spanish I and II for the past 9 years at Cal and I've served as Spanish I Course for the past 3. I received my B.A. at Whittier College, in Spanish and Political Science and I hold a M.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Secondary Bilingual Education.

Spanish II, III & AP Spanish Literature
Laura Mejia-Torres

Laura Mejia teaches AP Spanish Literature, Spanish 2, and Spanish 3. She currently is the World Languages department chair. She has been teaching over 20 years. The vast majority of her teaching career has taken place here at Cal High. Ms. Mejia received her BA in Linguistics from UC San Diego, MA in Education from Pepperdine, and a second master's degree at Concordia University. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher.

Spanish I & AP Spanish Language & Culture
Rachel Nevarrez

¡Hola!

Spanish I
Karima Razi

¡Hola!

 

 

Contact Us

Note: Teachers whose names are underlined have a website with further information.
 

NAME

SUBJECTS

EMAIL

PHONE EXT.

Rafael Arceo

Spanish I & Native Speakers I

rafael.arceo@wuhsd.org

 

Victor Cantarella

French I, II, III & AP French Language

victor.cantarella@wuhsd.org

 

Oyuki Espinoza

Spanish I & Native Spanish Speakers II

oyuki.espinoza@wuhsd.org

 

Franz Kuzay

German I, II, III & AP German Language

franz.kuzay@wuhsd.org

3241

David Maust

Latin I, II, III & AP Latin

david.maust@wuhsd.org

 

Veronica Medina Reyes

Spanish I & II

veronica.medina@wuhsd.org

3243

Laura Mejia-Torres

Spanish II, III & AP Spanish Literature

laura.mejia-torres@wuhsd.org

3245

Rachel Nevarrez

Spanish I & AP Spanish Language & Culture

rachel.nevarrez@wuhsd.org

3242

Karima Razi

Spanish I

karima.razi@wuhsd.org