Mrs. Jenni Mammola
Foreign Language Department Chair
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
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
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
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.
Mr. Paul Ramirez
Mr. Ramirez was born in New Jersey and attended a Franciscan school until 8th grade. After that his father’s job moved the family to Georgia, where he completed high school and a dual B.A. in French/Spanish education. After that he taught foreign languages mainly to 6th to 12th grade students in the U.S. and is presently teaching ESL in Colombia at the university level. His devotion in classical studies led him to complete a Master of Liberal Arts in 2011. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing music and admiring the wisdom and beauty of creation.
Mrs. Sandra Vachon
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.