World Language

What Language Classes are offered at MSHS?
The World Language Department at MSHS offers three modern languages - Spanish, French, and German from levels I-IV.

Who are the World Language Teachers at MSHS?

Terrence Batson is a veteran Spanish, German, and Social Studies instructor whose goal is to inspire and assist students in developing a practical knowledge and love of a second language. His language journey began in California working with Spanish-speakers after high school and later living in Germany for several years. His spirit animal is the loyal and lovable canine.   Terrence has taught students in pre-k to junior college and his diverse set of life and teaching experiences have led him around the US, Latin America, Europe, and back again to Colorado and MSHS. 

Ingrid Perez teaches introductory Spanish I and II classes. Ingrid was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she's a native Spanish speaker. She received her Bachelor degree from Universidad de Puerto Rico and her Master degree from Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico. As a teacher, her goal is to share her passion for the language and the culture with her students and to help them apply what they have learned in order to become more proficient in the target language. Outside of school, Ingrid spends her time with her family and her dog Coco, sings at church as part of the worship team and she loves to go on road trips. Her spirit animal would be a llama - empathetic, fun-loving and focused on achieving her goals.

Alice Stoneback currently teaches French and Student Council at Manitou Springs High School. Her love of the French language and culture came from her maternal grandmother who immigrated from France after WWII. Alice has travelled to France several times, including 3 trips with students in 2008, 2011, and 2013. As a teacher, she loves to see students grow in appreciation for francophone cultures and the language. She also hopes to inspire them to seek purpose, value, and empathy for themselves and others. She likes to believe that her spirit animal is a duck - depicting a fairly calm appearance, while paddling fiercely below the surface. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, and spend time outside with her young boys, Seb and Bear.

Why is Language Learning Important?
We firmly believe that knowing another language opens up a world of possibility and opportunity to learners. To understand and empathize with people outside of our own country and culture, to travel confidently to destinations afar, to explore and experience the world as it really is, the many cognitive benefits, and possessing the highly marketable skill of being bilingual make learning a second language a wise choice: little wonder that colleges and universities look favorably upon students who successfully complete multiple years of a modern language.

How is Language taught at MSHS?
The MSHS WL Department utilizes Thematic units combined with Comprehensible Input strategies to develop practical knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to bolster language proficiency.