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Foreign Language Department

Mr. Jordan Almanzar


2017-18: Second Form LatinLatin 1Latin 2Latin 3AP Latin Prose & Poetry

2016-17: Second Form Latin, Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3, AP Latin Prose & Poetry

2014-15: First Form Latin, Second Form Latin, Latin 1, Latin 2, German 1

Summer 2015: Lord of the Rings, Intro to Latin 1, Intro to Latin 2, Intro to Latin 3/AP

2015-16: First Form Latin, Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3 

Summer 2016: Lord of the Rings, Intro to Latin 1, Intro to Latin 2, Intro to Latin 3/AP


Jordan teaches all levels of Latin and also serves as the languages advisor for Kolbe Academy. He converted to the Catholic Church in 2010 following several years of intense prayer and resistance. In 2017, he earned a Ph.D. in History and Literature of Ancient Christianity from Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. He and his wife live in Germany with their four children." 

Mrs. Suzanne Brown


2017-18:  First Form LatinLatin 1

2016-17:  First Form Latin, Latin 1

Teacher of the Month:  February 2017

Suzanne Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in Classical Languages from Texas Tech University. She has taught Latin, Classical Mythology, and Latin and Greek Etymology at the college, secondary, and elementary levels. Her favorite classical authors include Cicero, Caesar, Virgil, and Homer. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Brown has coached track and field at the high school level. Personal interests include photography, cooking, reading, gardening, and SEC football. Mrs. Brown currently resides in eastern North Carolina with her husband and seven homeschooled children, the oldest being a Kolbe Academy Online high school student.

Mrs. Barbara Hall


2017-18: English 7English 8, Homeroom 7

Summer 2016: Intro to German Workshop

2016-17: English 7, English 8, German 1, German 2

2015-16: English 7,  Intensive Comp (English 9), German 1, German 2

2014-15:  English 7, Intensive Comp (English 9)

Barbara Hall holds an honors degree in German, with French and psychology from the University of Leicester, England, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the Victoria University of Manchester. Her teaching experience spans a wide spectrum of educational establishments, including several High Schools, the Department of Languages for Business at the University of Central Lancashire and the Brussels School of Languages. After emigrating to the U.S.A., Our Blessed Mother led her to Kolbe Academy's Day School (now Kolbe-Trinity Prep), where she taught over the course of 14 years German and Spanish, composition and theology in the high school, and Junior High English and Literature. In the summer of 2014, she returned to England to care for her mother, but continues her close connection with Kolbe as an online instructor.

Barbara has also utilized her teaching experience with her strong devotion to her faith to teach Catechism classes at St. Apollinaris, Napa, and St. Sebastians's, Greenbrae.

Apart from her love of languages, knowledge of which also includes Flemish, Italian and Maltese, she enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming, piano and has recently, under the influence of her dear sister, taken up the art of quilting. Her children live on three continents, Asia, Europe and America, whilst her husband has just settled in Malta.

Mrs. Margarita Martinez


2017-18: Spanish 1, Spanish 1 Lab

2016-17: Spanish 1

2015-16: Spanish 1

Margarita Martínez was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia in 1993 and a M.S. in Counseling and Education Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. She has been a registered professional counselor in New York State. For over 10 years, Margarita was a certified instructor for Natural Family Planning and Theology of the Body for the Couple to Couple League International and in that capacity taught Natural Family Planning, Theology of the Body, and marriage preparation seminars to close to over 500 couples in the Diocese of Rockford, both in English and Spanish.

Margarita has homeschooled her four children all the way from kindergarten. At the present time Margarita is also teaching Introduction to Spanish, Spanish 1, and Biology at the Mission Community Center for Sacramental Grow, in McHenry, Illinois. Margarita currently lives with her husband, four children, and a spoiled golden retriever in Algonquin, Illinois.

Mrs. Sandra Vachon


2017-18: Spanish 2, Spanish 2 LabSpanish 3

2016-17: Spanish 2, Spanish 3

2015-16: Spanish 2

Sandra considers herself a lifelong learner and finds the teaching profession a rewarding one because there is always something new to discover. She holds an M.A. in Spanish from Simmons College and is excited to bring her high school and community college teaching experience to the Kolbe community. Her professional interests include oral proficiency assessment and curriculum design and assessment. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Fulton Sheen's talks, reading about the astonishing miracles of St. Padre Pio, gardening and sewing. Sandra and her husband are happily married and have one daughter.