Language Department

Language classes exist to open students’ minds not just to other linguistic systems, but also other ways to categorize and explain realities, other ways of viewing and interpreting the world, other cultural norms, and other perspectives on life and its priorities. Our language classes establish floors of knowledge on which students build higher and higher structures of understanding.

“For me, the most important thing is that students learn to appreciate that failure is a natural step on their way to success. It makes students more self-aware, independent, and capable of tackling challenges. Once they realize this, nothing can stop them.”

— Language Chair Jesus Hernandez-Cobo

Carmen Santiago-Albelda

Spanish Teacher

email: Carmen Santiago-Albelda PROFILE

Sally Pollard

French Teacher

email: Sally Pollard PROFILE

Kaitlin Mehleisen

Spanish Teacher; Coed Track and Field Coach

email: Kaitlin Mehleisen PROFILE

Yvonne Hewu

Mandarin Teacher

203-439-7457 email: Yvonne Hewu PROFILE

Laura Longacre

Chief Academic Officer

203-439-7378 email: Laura Longacre PROFILE

Jesus Hernandez-Cobo

Languages Chair

203-439-7612 email: Jesus Hernandez-Cobo PROFILE

Nicole Burnett

French Teacher; Coed Ski Team Head Coach

203-439-7168 email: Nicole Burnett PROFILE