World Languages Department

Contact Information

Department Phone: 301.321.3400 

ext 1134 or ext 1135

Paola Scazzoli, Resource Teacher


Department Overview

"Living in the world today and speaking only one language is like living in a beautiful mansion and being locked up in just one room."

The goal of the World Languages Department here at Wheaton High School is to unlock the doors that keep people linguistically, culturally and socially separated! We want our students to be able to function in a diverse, global society. We want our students to be able to appreciate the beauty and richness of other cultures and strive toward proficiency in other languages. In our World Languages Department, we help students:

  • COMMUNICATE and PRESENT in a language other than English;
  • INTERPRET a variety of written and audio-visual texts in the target language
  • Gain Knowledge and understanding of other CULTURES;
  • Make CONNECTIONS with other disciplines;
  • Develop insight into and be able to COMPARE the nature of language and culture; and finally
  • Participate in multilingual COMMUNITIES at home and around the world.

World Languages Courses Offered


  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3 Honors
  • Chinese 4 Honors
  • Chinese 5


  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 3 Honors
  • Spanish 4 Honors
  • Spanish 5
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish for Natives 1
  • Spanish for Natives 2
  • Spanish for Natives 3


  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3 Honors
  • French 4 Honors
  • French AP Language and Culture


  • Italian 1
  • Italian 2


Staff Members and Courses Taught

Staff member

Courses taught this year

Mrs. Alayón

Spanish for Natives 1

Spanish for Natives 2

Mr. Banè

French 1,

French 3 Honors

Mrs. Keefe

Spanish 3 Honors,

Spanish for Natives 3

Ms. Lovo

Spanish 2

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mr. Marra-López

Chinese 1, Chinese 2, Chinese 3 Honors

Chinese 4Honors, Chinese 5, Spanish 4 Honors

Mr. Mensah

French 1, French 2, French 4 Honors,

AP French Language

Mrs. Morales-Bell

Spanish , Spanish for Natives 1,

Spanish 5, Spanish for Natives 3,

Mrs. Moretta

Spanish 2, Spanish 4 Honors

Spanish for Natives 2

Ms. Noel-Nosbaum

Spanish 1

Spanish 3 Honors

Ms. Scazzoli

Italian 1, Italian 2, Spanish 1


Staff E-mail addresses are listed in the Staff Directory


 Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

THE MARYLAND Seal of Biliteracy is an award that recognizes a student's high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more other languages other than English.

The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to: ● Recognize the value of learning a language in public schools, ● Encourage students to attain a high level of proficiency in one or more languages other than English, ● Affirm native and heritage languages, ● Provide employers with a method of identifying individuals with language and biliteracy skills, ● Prepare students with critical skills necessary to function in a global society, ● Strengthen cross-cultural communication, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple languages and cultures in our communities.

You can earn the Seal of Biliteracy at Wheaton High School

To learn more, check out the MCPS Seal of Biliteracy Webpage