Exceptional Students

The Spanish Department here at Verbum Dei High School has always encouraged students to take advantage of its AP Spanish Language and Culture course offered. Fortunately, students do take advantage of it, especially after they learn that, not only does this course fulfill high school graduation requirements but also a score of 4 or 5 on the examination will give them college credit.  To our students’ benefit, being a small preparatory high school, our AP courses consist of small classes, allowing for more one-on-one instruction.

Last year, I had the opportunity of teaching this course to ten bright and dedicated students who set up a rather ambitious goal for themselves: to pass the AP Spanish and Culture Examination with a high score. I let them know that it was not going to be an easy task, but that such goal was not impossible either.  After two semesters of intensive learning, which included countless after school meetings and several Saturday lectures and practices, they took the examination.

Fortunately, their hard work paid off. Two months later, all ten students learned they had passed with 4s and 5s. To put this into perspective, the College Board uses a scale of 1 to 5 to grade their examination.  Most colleges, and especially universities, only honor a score of 4 and a score of 5, thus only giving college credit to students who score 4 or 5.  Fortunately, university credits await this group of exceptional students who accomplished the goal.

As an AP instructor, I could not be more proud of each and every one of them.   This is why I believe their names should appear on this blog as my way to honor them and to remind them of their brilliance, determination, and hard work.

The 2015-2016 AP Spanish Language and Culture course members:

  • Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Andy Marquez
  • Brian Flores
  • Daniel Herrera
  • David Ayala
  • Isaac Gonzalez
  • Jose Flores
  • Luis Amezcua
  • Michael Pineda
  • Victor Apolinar


Among the numerous professions, I have chosen to be an educator. The most amazing aspect of being an educator is not only what I teach but, most importantly, whom I teach.  God has placed me here at Verbum Dei High School to serve the underserved and to equip them to go and pursue a higher education so that they can have equal opportunities in corporate America. I strongly believe that I can make a difference in the lives of every student that goes through my class.  I know first hand that education is one thing that can change the course of an individual’s life.

Education is essential in our society.  That is why these young men must be encouraged to continue to pursue their dreams through education. Our future society needs trained professionals in order for it to continue to run.  I pray that one day Verb graduates look back, remembering where they came from, having become educated and pro-active men who want to make a positive difference in their communities, society, and the world.