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Cornerstone Language Programs Offer Endless Opportunities

More Than a Language

“¡Me encanta enseñar Latin y Español en Cornerstone!  I love teaching Latin and Spanish at Cornerstone Prep! I love knowing that we are preparing our students for endless opportunities when they go on mission trips, enter college, and enter the workforce being bilingual,” said Spanish and Latin teacher, Lissette Sanabia. 

Top-Notch Foreign Language Department

Becoming proficient in a foreign language takes dedication and our incredible foreign language teachers; Lissette Sanabia, Tracie Setzler, and Xiomara Vehrs, truly enjoy teaching our students.

“Learning Latin and Spanish at Cornerstone is an incredible opportunity,” adds Sanabia. “Foreign language helps to organize ideas, which improves both our writing skills and increases our English vocabulary. Latin also provides a key to learning Romance languages including Spanish.” 

“Teaching Spanish alongside my amazing colleagues like Sra. Vehrs makes our Spanish department top-notch,” boasted Sanabia. 

Always Learning

Fellow foreign language teacher, Xiomara Vehrs, also knows the importance of learning a second language, in fact, she is still learning English! 

“Ever since I was a little girl my parents taught me the importance of education. This of course included my English classes. I have studied English since elementary school and continued throughout middle school. When I turned 15, I moved to Boston for one year. I understood the basics of the language, but when I was fully immersed, I realized that I didn't know as much as I thought,” said Vehrs.

“IMPACT 2013 was my first mission trip to Guatemala,” recalls Vehrs. “I had to translate everything to my co-workers and students, not to mention translating for the people of Guatemala. One day, I was so tired and frustrated because I had to talk in two different languages all day long. It was then that I realized God was showing me the reason I learned a second language. It was for Him and His kingdom. In that moment, I thanked God for giving me the great blessing of being able to communicate in another language.”

“Y todo lo que hagáis, hacedlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres.” Colosenses 3:23

“ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Colossians 3:23

Equipping Students Through Language

The primary goals of the Cornerstone Preparatory Academy foreign language program are to broaden students’ minds as they learn a foreign language and culture, give students additional language tools that will enhance their study of any language, prepare students for post-secondary language study, and equip them to minister to other cultures.

Academic Excellence Beyond Cornerstone 

Three years or more of a foreign language is always a benefit to a student's college application. Additionally, when a student is applying to college, the applicant shows motivation, consistency, and academic excellence when they choose to continue their pursuit of a foreign language through level III. 

“The majority of Cornerstone students take Spanish I beginning in 10th grade, Spanish II in 11th grade, and then have the opportunity to take Spanish III in 12th grade,” said Cornerstone school counselor, Jillian Cosgrove.  “The sequencing is constructed this way by design because it allows a student to be fresh and current with their advanced Spanish skills upon entering college,” added Cosgrove. 

Cosgrove said, “Many college majors still require two semesters of foreign language (equivalent to two high school years). If a Cornerstone student has taken through Spanish III then it is very likely that they could test out of college Spanish I and potentially even college Spanish II, thereby completely eliminating that foreign language requirement altogether as was done by former student Hannah Baines('19)." 

We look forward to seeing you at our State of the School meeting next week. If you haven’t reserved your seat yet, please take moment to do so. 


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