World Languages

Palo Alto currently offers instruction in the following languages: French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. (German is offered at Gunn High School.)

The World Language Department Administrator Liaison is Adam Paulson.  The Instructional Supervisor (IS) is Carla Guerard

Students currently enrolled in a middle school in the Palo Alto Unified School District receive their recommendation from their 8th grade World Language teacher.

Placement Tests for students coming outside of the Palo Alto Unified School District or  from Immersion programs please contact the following teacher by language of study:

For all other questions, please contact the student's teacher first.


Alonso, Pilar Teacher, Spanish
Alvarado, Marina Teacher, Spanish
Badillo Novas, Pilar Teacher, Spanish
Duffy, Kevin Teacher, Spanish
Ezcurra, Jose Teacher, Spanish
Guerard, Carla Teacher, French, TA, IS
Hall, Matt Student Activities Director, Teacher, Japanese
He, Liyuan Teacher, Chinese
Kamikihara, Teruko Teacher, Japanese
Resinger, Christy Teacher, French, TA
Riordan, Mary Teacher, Spanish
Rivera, Magdalena Teacher, ASL, Living Skills
Vericat, Josep Teacher, Spanish
Vilms, Kamal SPED Classroom Aide, Department Secretary

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