World Languages Department

Contact Information

WL Department Office
Phone: 301-321-3400 ext. 1134
Resource Teacher:  Mrs. Paola Scazzoli                                           


Department Overview

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela

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
  • Chinese 6


  • 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
  • Italian 3 Honors
  • Italian 4 Honors


Staff Members and Courses Taught

Staff member

Courses taught this year

Mrs. Abdelkader

French 2


Mrs. Bell-Morales

Spanish 1, Spanish 5, Spanish for Natives 3,

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mrs. Keefe

Spanish 3 Honors, Spanish for Natives 1,

Spanish 5, Spanish for Natives 3

Ms. Lovo-Panameno

Spanish for Natives 2,

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mr. Marra-López

Chinese 1, Chinese 2, Chinese 3H, Chinese 4H, Chinese 5/6, Spanish 4 Honors

Mr. Mensah

French 1, French 3 Honors, French 4 Honors,

AP French Language and Culture

Mrs. Moretta

Spanish for Natives 2,

Spanish 4 Honors

Ms. Ramirez

Spanish 2,

Spanish for Natives 1

Ms. Scazzoli

Italian 1, Italian 2, Italian 3 Honors,

Italian 4 Honors

Mr. Serna

Spanish 1, Spanish 2

Spanish for Natives 1

Ms. Zseltvay

Spanish 1,

Spanish 3 Honors

Staff E-mail addresses are listed in the Staff Directory or click on the highlighted names.

 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

For more information: Contact our World Languages office: 


You can also check the Md State website at