World Languages


Jennifer Hernandez,
Director, Office of World Languages

Kimberley Shinozaki

Jodi Grosser,

Ashley Beemer McCarthy

Stephanie Gerhold, Resource Teacher
Kerline Lubin-Grant, Resource Teacher 

Emee Abellana, Administrative Secretary III

Jefferson Building, 3rd Floor
105 W. Chesapeake Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Fax: 410-494-4575

globe with the expression welcome in several world languages

The mission of the Office of World Languages is to formalize and institutionalize the shift to a proficiency model in World Languages curriculum and instruction. The first phase of this mission addresses grades 4-8. This shift will occur in the design, implementation, and assessment of all World Languages curricula, which are based on World-Readiness Standards, the 21st Century Framework for teaching and learning, and College an Career Readiness Standards.

To support this shift, the Office oversees the identification and selection of appropriate resources and provides target support and training to teaching staff.

The China Cultural Exchange Program is also coordinated through the Office of World Languages.

Continue to design and revise World Languages curricula and integrated performance assessments to align with national, state, and common core standards using digital content and authentic resources, and create a tiered structure that will support non-leveled courses in grades 6-8.

Fully implement the elementary Passport program in grades 4 and 5 to support students becoming proficient in a second language. 

Continue to provide ongoing, job-embedded, high-quality professional learning for administrators, STAT teachers, elementary Spanish teachers, and elementary classroom teachers in Passport Schools.

Continue to provide ongoing, job-embedded, high-quality professional learning for administrators, STAT teachers, and World Languages classroom teachers in grades 6-12 to support the shift to a proficiency model.

Continue to provide support to teachers on current research-based strategies to implement a proficiency-based curriculum focused on the goal of effective communication in a second language.

The Office provides instruction in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.  It supports world language magnet programs at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and Deer Park Magnet Middle School