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.

Enduring Understandings
Open to Growth:
By graduation, the World Languages student 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
By graduation the World languages student 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
By graduation the World Languages student 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
Intellectually Competent:
By graduation the World Languages student 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
Committed to Doing Justice:
By graduation the World Languages student 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 Spanish II , Spanish III, Honors Heritage Spanish
Mr. Schmidbauer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, with a double major in Spanish and History, and earned his Master of Education from ASU. He also has studied at the Marquette University Study Center at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He has been a member of the Brophy faculty since 1994. He is an assistant cross country and volleyball coach and 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. 6339  ||

Chabli Balcom

Advanced Placement Latin IV, Honors Latin III, Honors Latin IV
Ms. Balcom has a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and English Literature and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee. As part of her M.S., she interned for a year, teaching sixth grade Latin to Latin III full-time. She moved from Tennessee to Phoenix to teach Latin at Gilbert Classical Academy where she taught 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.

Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Richard Cordova

Spanish II, Conversational Spanish
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 II and Conversational Spanish. Sr. Córdova is a member of AZLA and AATSP.

Classroom: Keating 26  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Serena Crosson

Latin I, Latin II, Latin III
Ms. Crosson moved to Phoenix from the Bay Area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Literature from the University of California Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Classics from San Francisco State. 

Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Rosalinda Freeman

Honors Spanish III, Advanced Placement Spanish Literature
Before coming to Brophy, Ms. Freeman taught Spanish in the Great Hearts network, at Veritas and Scottsdale Preparatory. She has also taught at ASU and in the community college system. Ms. Freeman earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Literature from the College of William and Mary and earned her Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics from ASU. She has traveled extensively and is happy to bring her language expertise to Brophy.

Classroom: Keating 22  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

José Leyba '94

Spanish I, Spanish II
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  ||

José Mendoza ’88

Advanced Placement Spanish, Honors Heritage Spanish
Mr. Mendoza earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from ASU. He has been a faculty member in the World Languages Department since 1994. In addition to teaching, Mr. Mendoza serves as a Freshman Advisor and is the head coach for freshman baseball.

Classroom: Keating 21  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Ian Munro

Honors Spanish II, Honors Spanish IV, Spanish I
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 25  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||

Chris Ramsey

Spanish II, Spanish III
Mr. Ramsey is a native of Calexico, Calif. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Sociology from the University of San Diego, where he was a four-year letter winner with USD football. He has a Master of Secondary Education from Providence College through the PACT program (Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers). He taught Spanish and coached football and track at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, Mass. prior to coming to Brophy. He enjoys sports and fitness, foreign films/languages, travel, diverse cuisines, and family.

Classroom: Keating 23  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||