Language

Mr. Jordan Almanzar

Foreign Language Department Chair

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Courses:

Latin 1Latin 2Latin 3AP Latin Prose & Poetry

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2014-15 School Year

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

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Courses:

First Form LatinLatin 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

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Courses:

Second Form Latin

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2018-19 School Year

Rebecca DeVendra graduated from Franciscan University in 2010 with her B.A. in Classics and is a graduate of Kolbe Academy's Homeschool program.  She spent six years working for an online school that served public school districts, authoring and co-authoring high school humanities courses such as Latin, Art History, and several English electives. Rebecca now resides in Boston with her husband and their children, where she spends time writing speculative short fiction and studying realist drawing and painting at an atelier. 

Mrs. Jenni Mammola

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Courses:

French 1, French 1 Lab, French 2, French 2 Lab

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Year

Jenni Mammola has been teaching French for nearly 14 years.  She 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 with preschoolers and grade-schoolers at French immersion schools in the San Francisco Bay area while pursuing her Master's degree. Most recently, she has spent the past 12 years teaching French and English at a large Catholic high school in Northern California. Now that her family is moving across the country, Jenni is excited to be joining the Kolbe community and the world of online teaching. She is a new transplant to Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, David, and their four children.

Mr. Robert Skipper

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Courses:

Spanish 1, Spanish 1 Lab

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2018-19 School Year

Robert Skipper earned a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from Florida State University. Ever since growing up three years in Italy and learning Italian by immersion in an elementary school, he has been fascinated and enthralled by language. After moving back to the United States he carried his language skills into Spanish and then decided to pursue that subject for study at University. While there, Robert also has studied Italian, Latin and most importantly Irish Gaelic. While always a Christian, Robert and his wife and daughter are recent additions to the Catholic Church, thanks to a great passion for philosophy and theology. Besides being an instructor of Spanish at FSU, Robert is also an entrepreneur and Founder of Glottoverse Inc., as well as a writer and youtuber.

Mrs. Sandra Vachon

Courses:

Spanish 2, Spanish 2 LabSpanish 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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Zepeda

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Courses:

Latin 2

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2018-19 School Year

Elizabeth is a graduate of Ave Maria University, summa cum laude, where she studied Classics and Early Christian Literature. She attained her M.A., summa cum laude, in Latin and Greek at the University of Arizona in 2015. She has taught and tutored all levels of Latin from grammar school through college. Through her Latin studies, she met her husband, Henry, who now teaches at Wyoming Catholic College. She is the mother of one young daughter, Julia, whom she hopes to homeschool. She enjoys cooking, horseback riding, and performing classical and Irish music. Elizabeth hopes her students will not only be able to read Latin, the beautiful language of antiquity and the universal Church, but also to acquire an active command of the language.