Oakland Catholic is proud of its tradition of excellence in
foreign languages and the fact that we offer one of the most
extensive high school foreign language programs in Western
Pennsylvania. OC's curriculum offers a complete 4 or 5 year
sequence in Chinese, French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, with A.P.
classes currently available in all languages except Chinese.
Students are required by the state of Pennsylvania to complete two
years of study of the same language. Most colleges prefer to see a
3 or 4 year sequence of study in one language. Given that 98% of
our graduates continue their education at the college or university
level, the majority of OC students take a minimum of three years of
a foreign language. It is important to note that a significant
number of OC students pursue the study of more than one foreign
language simultaneously, as long as their schedule permits this
Mrs. Cassidy Checketts
Mrs. Checketts joined the faculty this year as a Spanish
teacher of college-prep levels 1. 2, and 3. She
attended St. Vincent College where she received a BA in Spanish and
Ms. Heather Day
Ms. Heather Day is the Latin teacher at Oakland Catholic
since 2012, where she teaches all levels of Latin from 1 to AP and
moderates the Latin Club, Director of the Joan of Arc Society...
Ms. Meghan Hudock
Ms. Meghan Hudock is the Italian teacher at Oakland Catholic
High School, teaching all levels of Italian (I-AP). Ms.
Hudock graduated from Duquesne University with a B.A. in Italian
Mrs. Melissa Toncini
Mrs. Melissa Toncini has been a Spanish teacher at Oakland
Catholic since 2004 and is the Chair of the Foreign Language
Department. She received a B.A. from Mercyhurst College with majors
Mrs. Helene Valescant-Shaffer
Helene Valescant-Shaffer is a French teacher at Oakland Catholic
teaching French 1, French 2 CP, Honors French 2, French 3 CP,
Honors French 3 and French CE. Mrs. Valescant-Shaffer
Mrs. Cindy Goodman
Cindy Goodman is a Chinese teacher at Oakland Catholic teaching
Honors Chinese 1, 2, 3, and 4. Mrs. Goodman graduated from
California University of Pennsylvania with a M.Ed. in education ...