Language - Kolbe Academy

Language

Mrs. Jenni Mammola

Foreign Language Department Chair

Courses:

French 1 French 1 Lab French 2 French 2 Lab French 3 Homeroom 9 & 10

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Year

Jenni Mammola holds a B.A. in French and Journalism from Baylor University and an M.A. in French from San Francisco State University. Jenni first fell in love with the French language in junior high, and then knew it was her calling to pursue a lifelong study of the language and culture when she attended the Baylor in Paris study abroad program while an undergrad. From there, she spent time working in French immersion schools in the San Francisco Bay area while pursuing her Master’s degree. Since then, she has been blessed with many years of teaching French to high school and middle school students. Jenni lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and four children.  

Dr. Jordan Almanzar

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Courses:

Latin 1 Latin 2 Latin 3 AP Latin Prose & Poetry Greek 1 Greek 2

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2014-15 School Year

Jordan teaches both Latin and Greek and serves as the foreign languages’ advisor for Kolbe Academy. He has a Ph.D. in History and Literature of Ancient Christianity from Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. He and his wife live in New Hampshire with their five children.

Mrs. Suzanne Brown

Courses:

First Form Latin Latin 1

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2016-17 School Year

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 just outside of Philadelphia with her husband and seven children.

Mrs. Rebecca DeVendra

Courses:

Second Form Latin Latin 2 Drawing Painting

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2018-19 School Year

Rebecca DeVendra has a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Franciscan University (2010). She studied drawing and oil painting with the Academy of Realist Art, an atelier modeled on 19th century French practices, for eight years. Working as a Classical Language Specialist for an online public school, she spent six years authoring and co-authoring high school humanities courses such as Latin and Art History. She is herself a Kolbe Academy alumna and is well suited to teaching online. She resides in New England with her husband and their children.

Mrs. Kristen May

Courses:

Spanish 1 Spanish 1 Lab Spanish 2 Spanish 2 Lab

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2020-21 School Year

Kristen May received her BA and MA in Spanish from Auburn University and is certified in secondary education through the state of Texas. She enjoyed spending a semester abroad attending Universidad de Alcalá outside of Madrid. She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, two children and two very noisy cats, Ellie and Sunshine. She has taught Spanish for 15 years as a college professor and as a high school instructor and has also worked as a translator. When she is not teaching, she likes to cook, listen to contemporary Christian radio, read science-fiction or fantasy literature and play board games with family and friends. She is also an avid horseback rider and bike rider. She is active in her church and participates in the choir, ministry of lectors and Catholic Moms and Tots ministry.

Mrs. Sandra Vachon

Courses:

Spanish 3

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2015-16 School Year

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.

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