The World Language Department
Offers up to five years of French and Spanish.
- Students who earn a Core 40 diploma take two years of a single language.
- Students who earn an Academic Honors diploma take at least three years of a single language or two years of two different languages.
- Students may take World Language courses at IPFW.
Offers the expertise of Spanish and French teachers who are native speakers or have lived and studied abroad.
Provides opportunity for community service.
- Our students have taught introductory world language courses in our Catholic elementary schools for the past 25 years.
- Our students have served as translators for local community events and service projects.
- Our students have completed service projects in Haiti, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
Provides opportunity for travel and study abroad.
- Our students have experienced group travel to Haiti, Spain and France. There will be a trip to Spain and to Haiti in the summer of 2017.
- Spanish and French students participate in 7 weeks of study abroad in Chile, Spain and France with the prestigious IU Honors Program in Foreign Language for High School Students.
- Bishop Luers has been the sister school of Fushiki HS in Takaoka, Japan since 1984. We have an active student exchange program. Our next student trip to Japan is in July, 2018.
For more information, please contact Karen Marciano
Meet the teachers
World Language Department Head and Spanish 3, 4 and 5 teacher Karen Marciano has greatly enjoyed being a part of the Bishop Luers family since 1989. During that time, she also taught intermediate level courses at IPFW for eleven years. Mrs. Marciano says, “I learned to speak Spanish the easiest and most enjoyable way, by total immersion when I lived in Venezuela for 10 years.”
Her husband worked in business administration there and Mrs. Marciano taught English conversation at a state university. Their three children were born in Venezuela. The Marcianos experienced the warmth and hospitality of the Venezuelan people while living in a mountain climate with the beaches less than an hour away.
Mrs. Marciano also is the moderator of the World Culture Club and manages the student exchange with Bishop Luers’ Japanese sister high school near Fort Wayne’s first sister city, Takaoka, Japan. She believes that her Bishop Luers students’ interest in all cultures and knowledge of other languages is the key to success in this increasingly interconnected world.
Phone: 260-456-1261, Ext. 3155
is teaching French IV and V and Spanish 1. She has studied and traveled in Mexico, South America and Europe. She received her bachelor's (BA) from Ball State University and her master's in counseling (M.S. Ed.) from Indiana University. She has been teaching for over 25 years.
Mrs. Ferdon loves teaching, especially Spanish and French. She also enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren in the great outdoors. She feels particularly blessed to join the Bishop Luers family this year.
Phone: 260-456-1261, Ext. 3152
Carrie Bubb (’88) has been teaching students at Bishop Luers High School since 2012. As teaching is a second career, when Ms. Bubb was granted her teaching certificate, she received a license in every subject in which she holds a degree. Because she holds five licenses, she may teach different courses from year to year. In the 2016-2017 academic year, she is teaching French and English.
“I think because I have an extensive range of academic background and life experience, I can help the students find links between the subjects that they are studying and understand how what we are learning is not ‘just a classroom thing’ but rather that the knowledge we acquire is how we enhance our connections to each other and our understanding of the world. Working with students on finding these connections is why I get up in the morning and come to Bishop Luers. Everyday I come in to work I get to see the world anew through a connection that a kid makes. What better job could there be?”
Ms. Bubb is also the French Club moderator, and helps coordinate foreign studies for Bishop Luers students. In alternate years, she leads sightseeing trips to France and service trips to Haiti.
Telephone: 260-456-1261, Ext. 3153