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World Languages

Welcome to the World Languages Department!

¡Bienvenido al departmento de los idiomas extranjeros!

迎来到世界语言部门

(huān yíng lái dào shì JièYǔ Yán Bù mén)

Bienvenue dans le département des langues du monde

Department Chair:Edward Warfield

Graduation Requirements

  • 2 credits of foreign language requirements
  • After two foreign language credits, we would love to see you progress into furthering your proficiency in a foreign language of your choice

Classes/Languages that we offer

  • Spanish (1 - 5/AP)
  • French (1-2)
  • Chinese (1-2)
Meet our Department Members Below!


Warfield

Name

Edward Warfield

Email

ewarfield@bcps.org

Classes Taught

French 1

French 2

College(s) Attended

University of Vermont (BA)

Saint John’s Graduate Institute

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio: My name is Mr. Warfield, and I am the World Language Department Chair, and French teacher. This is my third year at Woodlawn High School. Hobbies include gardening and yoga. I enjoy travel and learning about different people.

Fisher

 

Name

Justin Fisher

Email

jfisher9@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

College(s) Attended

Towson University

(BA Psychology and Spanish)

(MS Human Resource Development)

Hometown

Baltimore, MD

Bio: Hola. My name is Mr. Justin Fisher, and I am excited to have you all this coming academic year.  Just a little bit about myself, I am a Baltimore, MD native, especially from the Perry Hall area.  I have had the honor to receive my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from Towson University (Psychology with a minor in Spanish, and Human Resource Development, respectively).  Although I am still young in my teaching career, I have been learning and speaking the Spanish language for well over a decade now; thus, I am excited to help you start your journey in befriending this beautiful language.  I currently teach Spanish I and II, but outside of class, I love to read and spend time with family.  As mentioned above, I look forward to having you in my class, so that we can explore the world through the lens of the Spanish Language.  Lastly, if you have any questions, comments, etc., please don’t hesitate to contact me at jfisher9@bcps.org.

 

Hobbies: Writing, Reading, Spending time with my fiancé and family

 

Madrinan

Name

Gloria E. Madrinan

Email

gmadrinan@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Spanish 3

Spanish 3 Honors

Spanish 4

AP Spanish

College(s) Attended

University of Valle (Colombia, South America)

(BA) Social work

(MA) Human rights

Hometown

Palmira, Colombia,

South America

Bio: My name is Mrs. Madrinan, and I am a Spanish teacher in the World Languages department. I teach the upper levels of Spanish. I have been teaching at WHS since last year and taught for two years in Baltimore City before that. I feel very happy to with my work team made up of 7 language teachers, who have given me their unconditional support. In addition to having the permanent support of Ms. Reyes and Ms. Bennett who last year was my coach.

 

My favorite hobbies are traveling to know different cultures, taking pictures, learning about American history.  I read a lot about subjects such as the Civil War. I like classical jazz and poetry. I like to cook Latin food and I would like to teach students this subject. 



Martinez

Name

Raquel Martinez

Email

rmartinez2@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Spanish 1

College(s) Attended

George Mason University (BA)

Goucher College (MAT)

Hometown

Burke, Virginia

Bio: My name is Ms. Martinez, and I am in the World Language department. I have taught for 5 years at Woodlawn Highschool. In my free time I love working out, spending time in nature, blogging, watching TV and listening to relaxing music with lots of candles on! 

 



Phillips

Name

Christine Phillips

Email

cphillips2@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Spanish 2 (1st & 2nd  Semester)

Spanish 3 (2nd Semester)

College(s) Attended

Loyola University Maryland

BA in Spanish & Speech Language Hearing Sciences

Master of Arts in Teaching ‘19

Hometown

Forest Hill, Maryland

Bio: My name is Ms. Phillips, and I am a Spanish Teacher. This is my third year teaching at Woodlawn. I graduated from Edgewood High School’s International Baccalaureate Program in Harford County. I am also the PBIS Coordinator for WHS

 

I am not a native Spanish speaker and learned the language in high school, college, and studying abroad in Granada, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina. I danced from age 3 to 21, doing ballet, tap, jazz, and modern and I can still do a split 😊. I was an alto in Loyola’s Chapel Choir and love to sing.

 

You can follow me on Twitter @SrtaCPhillips and on Instagram @srtaphillips

 

Varela

Name

Solange Varela

Email

svarela@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Spanish 1

TAM (Child Development)

College(s) Attended

UMBC (BS)

Goucher (MS)

Hometown

Praia, Cape Verde Island

(West Africa)

Bio: My name is Mrs. Varela, and I am in the world language and CTE department. This will be my 6th year teaching at WHS and 13th year teaching all together. I am the advisor for ASA (African Student Association).  

 

Hobbies. I am the youngest of 11, I absolutely love to cook and work out. I love going on adventures with my family (Husband Leo, Luna (2) and Leya (1). I love to travel the world and meet new people, explore different cultures and eat delicious cuisines.  

 

Yu

Name

Shin-Yee Yu

Email

syu@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Chinese 1

Chinese 2

College(s) Attended

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Bachelors in Political Science and Asian Studies)

Goucher College (MA in Teaching)

Hometown

Taipei, Taiwan

Bio: Ni hao! I am Ms. Yu, and I am excited to meet you all this coming academic year. Just a little bit about myself, I was born in Taiwan and am a native Chinese speaker. I am very excited to share with you regarding my native language and culture!

 

I came to the United States when I was ten years old. I attended school (college and graduate school included) in Maryland and have also only taught in Maryland since. So I am definitely a true Marylander! I look forward to meeting you and having you in my class. Please feel free to reach out with any questions at syu@bcps.org.