World Languages Department Mission Statement

Our mission, as Ignatian educators, is to provide our students with a new lens through which they will be able to experience and appreciate the diverse languages and cultures of the world - past and present. We seek to impart the following enduring understandings to our students:

List of 5 items.

  • Open to Growth

    By graduation, the student of world languages will...
    • Understand the distinctive viewpoints that can only be experienced through world languages and their cultures
    • Accept the challenge of acquiring another language
    • Appreciate the connection between other languages and the English language
    • Understand that language mastery is a life-long objective
    • Experience and understand the enjoyment of learning language
  • Intellectually Competent

    By graduation the student of world languages will…
    • Have a more thorough understanding of the function of grammar and vocabulary in language
    • Acquire the ability to accurately translate from one language to another
    • Appreciate the history, mythology and literature of classical and modern cultures
    • Will acquire the organization and discipline necessary for learning another language
    • Understand the role of technology in language acquisition
  • Religious

    By graduation the student of world languages will...
    • Understand that we can praise and worship God in other languages
    • Understand the influence of Latin and Spanish on the development of the Catholic Church
  • Loving

    By graduation the student of world languages will...
    • Understand that learning other languages connects one to the world community
    • Value the richness of other cultures of the world
    • Respect the dignity of the world’s peoples
  • Committed to Doing Justice

    By graduation the student of world languages will…
    • Recognize his responsibility as a member of the world community
    • Experience the role of the foreigner
    • Accept that one’s language is not the right way but simply another way to experience the world
    • Realize the empowerment that language acquisition provides in future vocation and living the Gospel

Andy Schmidbauer ’88, Department Chair

Honors Heritage 1, Honors Spanish 2
Mr. Schmidbauer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, with a double major in Spanish and history, and earned a Master of Education from ASU. He also has studied at the Marquette University Study Center at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Mr. Schmidbauer has been a member of the Brophy faculty since 1994 and also coaches in the soccer, volleyball and mountain biking programs. He co-moderates the yearly service trips to Mexico and Guatemala. Mr. Schmidbauer is a member of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Classroom: Keating 20  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  aschmidbauer@brophyprep.org

Chabli Balcom

Honors Latin 3, Honors Latin 4, AP Latin
Ms. Balcom has a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and English literature and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee. While acquiring her Master's degree, she interned for a year, teaching sixth grade Latin to Latin 3. She moved from Tennessee to Phoenix to teach Latin at Gilbert Classical Academy where she worked for three years before joining the staff of Brophy and Loyola Academy. Ms. Balcom is also involved with Latin Club, Mythology Club, BLAM and Loyola Academy cross country. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, writing, running, diverse cuisine and new experiences.

Classroom: Loyola 101  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  cbalcom@brophyprep.org

Kim Baron


Ms. Baron holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education with a focus on multicultural/bilingual education from Northern Arizona University. Before coming to Brophy, she worked for the Glendale Union High School District, first as a Spanish teacher at Apollo and Moon Valley high schools and then as the district curriculum coordinator. She has also worked for the Los Angles Dodgers as an English language/cultural acclimation teacher.

Classroom: Keating 22  || Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284 ||  kbaron@brophyprep.org

Richard Córdova

Conversational Spanish, Spanish 2
Sr. Córdova is a native of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the Universidad Católica Boliviana in La Paz, Bolivia. Sr. Córdova completed the Teacher Advancement Program through the Milken Foundation. He joined the Brophy faculty in 2011 to teach Spanish 2 and Conversational Spanish. Sr. Córdova is a member of AZLA and AATSP.

Classroom: Keating 26  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  rcordova@brophyprep.org

Patrick Higgins





Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6243  || phiggins@brophyprep.org

Samantha La Peter

Latin 1, Latin 2, Honors Latin 2, Latin 3
Ms. La Peter joins the Brophy faculty after teaching Classics at several Great Hearts academies since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Swarthmore, a Master of Arts in religious studies from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Classical languages and literature, also from the University of Chicago. 

Classroom: Loyola 102  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  slapeter@brophyprep.org

José Leyba '94

Spanish 1
Sr. Leyba earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from ASU. He began teaching in the World Languages Department in 2002. Sr. Leyba is also an assistant coach for freshman, JV and varsity wrestling. In his personal time he enjoys outdoor activities, fitness and family.

Classroom: Keating 25  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  jleyba@brophyprep.org

José Mendoza ’88

AP Spanish, Honors Heritage Spanish
Mr. Mendoza earned his Bachelor of Arts from ASU. He has been a faculty member in the World Languages Department since 1994. He serves as co-moderator of the yearly Guatemala service immersion trip and co-moderates Hermanos Unidos de Brophy. In addition to teaching, Mr. Mendoza serves as a freshman advisor, freshman football assistant coach and varsity baseball assistant coach.

Classroom: Keating 21  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  jmendoza@brophyprep.org

Ian Munro

Spanish 1, Honors Spanish 4
Sr. Munro earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from ASU and a Master of Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. He has been a member of the Brophy faculty since 2013. Sr. Munro teaches Spanish in the World Languages Department and also serves as the moderator for the Spanish Honor Society. Additionally, he is the head coach of the JV soccer team, and leads the Camino Ignaciano pilgrimage in Spain. Sr. Munro is a member of AATSP.

Classroom: Keating 24  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  imunro@brophyprep.org

Chris Ramsey

Spanish 3, Honors Spanish 4
Mr. Ramsey is a native of Calexico, California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and sociology from the University of San Diego. He has a Master of Secondary Education from Providence College through the PACT program (Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers). In addition to teaching, he is the JV football head coach and an assistant coach for track and field. He also leads the Hopi/Navajo immersion trip and co-moderates the immersion trip to NPH Guatemala.

Classroom: Keating 23  ||  Tel: 602-264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  cramsey@brophyprep.org