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An Episcopal, co-educational 100% boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12

Modern Languages

At all levels of foreign language teaching, the Modern Language Department has as its primary goal the enrichment and broadening of the perspectives of its students. Through the study of language, our students develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and their history, literature, art and geography.

Small classes at all levels stress strong communication skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Our classrooms afford dynamic opportunities for students to express themselves in a new language, and to use that language to discuss literary and historical texts. Active learning in the classroom and the language lab allows students to enhance their skills in listening and collaboration.

St. Andrew's modern languages faculty have all lived abroad and have pursued advanced work in their fields. We encourage our students to travel and have offered cultural and service learning trips in the spring and summer to countries including Nicaragua, Haiti, China, Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, and Peru. We also recommend specific programs to students who are interested in a study abroad or travel abroad experience.

Modern Language Courses




Modern Languages Faculty

ChiaChyi Chiu

Titles: Chinese, International Student Advisor

Donald Duffy

Titles: Spanish

Angelica Huang-Murphy

Titles: Chinese, Assistant Director of Admission, L Dorm/Gaul East Dorm Dorm Parent, International Student Advisor

David Miller

Titles: Modern Languages Department Chair, Spanish, Head Coach - Baseball, Head JV Coach - Boys Basketball

Pam Pears

Titles: French

Elizabeth Preysner

Titles: Associate Chaplain, Religious Studies, Spanish, Assistant Coach - Indoor Track

Ana Ramirez

Titles: William S. Speers Associate Head of School, Spanish, International Student Advisor

Max Shrem

Titles: IV Form Dean, French, LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Advisor, Jewish Affinity Group Advisor

Valerie Vitalo

Titles: Spanish