The philosophy of the World Languages Department at Jesuit High School reflects the general philosophy of our school. The Department has as its goal the development of “men for others” through a creative and vigorous world languages program that seeks to develop a better understanding of different languages, cultural backgrounds, and diverse value systems. It transposes the student into a global setting, thereby allowing the student to acquire a multi-cultural appreciation, communicate in another language, and develop intellectually.
The World Languages program emphasizes the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. In the classical language division, the Department provides the student with the opportunity to recognize ancient cultural traditions and to discover vehicles of expression, in addition to a careful analysis of the Latin linguistic influence on the English language.
Through the student’s study of world languages, we seek to broaden his experience, enabling him to develop a global perspective. This linguistic and cultural development supports the progress toward becoming a man for others.
Complete course descriptions are found in the 2017-2018 Course Catalog.
Spanish (H) Spanish 2B
Carlos Brusel-Casals was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Brusel earned his MA in Spanish from Sacramento State University. While studying at Sacramento State University, he worked as a professor’s aid in the Department of Foreign Languages. He also worked in the same Department as an editor of the magazine “Explicación de Textos Literarios,” a monthly publication by the Department of Spanish at Sacramento State. In 1998 he was hired at Jesuit and has taught all levels of Spanish, from Spanish 1 to Spanish 4AP.
Gerardo Campos has earned an MA and BA in Spanish and a minor in Physical Education. Señor Campos started teaching at Jesuit in 1976. He has taught Spanish I, IIA, IIB, IIXL, III, III Honors, IV, and IV AP. He has also coached football and baseball as well as served as the chair of the World Languages department. During the summer, Señor Campos has taken students on Christian Service Immersion trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, Mission Dolores in Los Angeles, and Nicaragua.
Teresa Herrera has been teaching Spanish for over 20 years mostly at the high school level. A native of Sacramento and graduate of St. Francis High School, she completed her undergraduate degree at CSU Sacramento and then continued her education at UC Davis obtaining a Master’s degree in Hispanic literature. Teresa also studied a semester abroad in Paris, France and also enrolled in classes the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. She is passionate about traveling the world. Her travels have taken her to Mexico, Costa Rica, Western Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Sarah Kelso earned her BA in English and Spanish from UC Berkeley and her MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. During her MA program, Mrs. Kelso’s focus was on language and linguistics. She took PhD courses from Columbia University’s Spanish Department, and also studied French and Arabic. While obtaining her MA, Mrs. Kelso was the senior editor for the Journal of International Affairs in New York City. Prior to joining the World Languages Department, Mrs.
Kristie Matteoni earned her BA in Communication Studies from UCSB, where she also studied French, Italian, and German. Inspired by a study abroad program and extensive travel throughout Europe and South America, Ms. Matteoni learned Spanish as well. After working in sales in the private sector for several years, she realized that teaching was her true calling and obtained teaching credentials in French and Spanish from Chapman University. Ms. Matteoni currently teaches French and Spanish and is the moderator for the JHS Speech & Debate Club.
Alma Veronica Morales-Dickenson received her BA as Teacher of English as a Foreign Language with a minor in French from the Autonomous State University of Oaxaca “Benito Juarez” and obtained her MA in Spanish Literature from CSUS. She has lived and studied in Vancouver, Canada and Oaxaca, Mexico. She has learned English, French, Italian and Japanese as foreign languages. Ms. Morales had the opportunity to teach at Loretto High School for 5 years. She taught the AP Spanish there as well as the Spanish 3 classes.
Leslie Willson holds a BA in French and Economics from the University of North Dakota and a MA in French Language from Middlebury College. She has lived, studied, and worked in Montreal, Paris and Madrid. Ms. Willson is credentialed in French and Spanish. She joined the World Languages Department in 2008 and has been serving as Department Chair since 2011.