Foreign Language

 Why study a Foreign Language? 

This is a frequently asked question. According to the ADFL, Association of Departments of Foreign Language “Discover new worlds! Get an insider's view of another culture and a new view of your own. Studying a new language, reading other people's stories, and connecting with people in their own language can be a source of pleasure and surprise.   Connect with other cultures. Learning about other cultures will help you expand your personal horizons and become a responsible citizen. Your ability to talk to others and gain knowledge beyond the world of English can contribute to your community and your country.

Did you know that studying a second language can improve your skills and grades in math and English and can improve entrance exam scores -- SATs, ACTs, GREs, MCATs, and LSATs? Research has shown that math and verbal SAT scores climb higher with each additional year of foreign language study, which means that the longer you study a foreign language, the stronger your skills become to succeed in school. Studying a foreign language can improve your analytic and interpretive capacities.

More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. No matter what career you choose, if you've learned a second language, you'll have a real advantage.

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Meet the Faculty 


Delaina Matherly (B.S., Samford University) joined the faculty in 2015 and will be teaching French I, II, III, IV, and AP. She will also be co-sponsoring Student Government and is the Assistant Girls Varsity Soccer Coach for the 2017-2018 school year. While attending Samford, she worked all four years in the French Language Lab as well as the Phonathon, was involved with multiple activities such as intramural sports, Grace Dance Ministries, and Student Government, and was inducted in both the Communication Studies and French honors societies. After graduating in 2014, she spent the 2014-2015 school year teaching English in two different middle schools near Lyon, France. Delaina enjoys doing anything outside in the sunshine and traveling anywhere and everywhere.


Bill Dooley (B.A., Quincy University, M.A. University of New Orleans, M.Ed. University of St. Thomas) joined the Mercy faculty in 2017. In addition to serving as Principal, he will also teach AP Spanish Language and Culture. He has led mission trips to Nicaragua through Amigos for Christ since 2005. Mr. Dooley comes to Mercy with over 20 years of experience in education at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and also serves as a reader for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture Examination. He is a die-hard fan of the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Dooley is a parishioner of St. Philip Benizi and enjoys traveling in his spare time.

Lori Wright (B.A., University of Puerto Rico, M.A. Georgia State University) joined the faculty in August of 2002, teaching Spanish. She is currently the Chair for the Foreign Language Department, serves as the Detention Coordinator, co-sponsors Student Government, and participates in many other committees. She was born in Puerto Rico, but has been living in Georgia for the last 37 years. She is married with four children and eight grandchildren, and in her spare time, she loves to crochet and read.