Foreign Language

 Why study a Foreign Language? 

This is a frequently asked question. According to the ADFL, Association of Departments of Foreign Language “Discover new worlds! Get an insider's view of another culture and a new view of your own. Studying a new language, reading other people's stories, and connecting with people in their own language can be a source of pleasure and surprise.   Connect with other cultures. Learning about other cultures will help you expand your personal horizons and become a responsible citizen. Your ability to talk to others and gain knowledge beyond the world of English can contribute to your community and your country.

Did you know that studying a second language can improve your skills and grades in math and English and can improve entrance exam scores -- SATs, ACTs, GREs, MCATs, and LSATs? Research has shown that math and verbal SAT scores climb higher with each additional year of foreign language study, which means that the longer you study a foreign language, the stronger your skills become to succeed in school. Studying a foreign language can improve your analytic and interpretive capacities.

More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. No matter what career you choose, if you've learned a second language, you'll have a real advantage.

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Meet the Faculty 


Daniel Deveault (M.A., Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) was born and raised in Trois-Rivières (Québec) and is a native French speaker. After his Master’s Degree in Études Québécoises (Quebec Studies) Daniel moved to Louisiana and started teaching French in an elementary school in Plaquemines Parish. He then moved to Georgia and taught French in the Lumpkin County and Coweta County Schools. He has taught French at The Lovett School in Atlanta from 2001 to 2013 and at The GLOBE Academy from 2015 to 2018. He is very happy to be at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School this year.


Bill Dooley (B.A., Quincy University, M.A. University of New Orleans, M.Ed. University of St. Thomas) joined the Mercy faculty in 2017. In addition to serving as Principal, he also teaches AP Spanish Language and Culture and Honors Spanish 3. He has led mission trips to Nicaragua through Amigos for Christ since 2005. Mr. Dooley has over over 20 years of experience in education at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and also serves as a reader for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture Examination. He is a die-hard fan of the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Dooley is a parishioner of St. Philip Benizi and enjoys traveling in his spare time.

Lori Wright (B.A., University of Puerto Rico, M.A. Georgia State University) joined the faculty in August of 2002 and teaches Spanish I and Spanish II. She is currently the Chair for the Foreign Language Department, serves as the Detention Coordinator, co-sponsors Student Government, and participates in many other committees. She was born in Puerto Rico, but has been living in Georgia for the last 38 years. She is married with four children and eight grandchildren, and in her spare time, she loves to crochet and read.