Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503

World Languages

While words and phrases can be learned in any number of ways, the Department of World Languages offers an authentic and playful experience within the classroom, breaking down its fourth wall. This way, not only do our students learn to confidently communicate in the target language, but they also become culturally literate in the customs and traditions of the people and places studied. We aim to engage our students through an immersive pedagogy, with real-world topics and resources in order to create life-long language learners.

The lessons of our courses are readily applicable as soon as the students leave the classroom and encounter native speakers, within the community or while traveling, adept in their target language. Francophone learners will be able to order lunch for themselves and their families at Deux Magots in Paris or ask the prices of market items on the island of Martinique. In Spanish, they might learn about Pachamanca, a Peruvian dish that is buried in a burlap sack while cooking over hot stones. When a student takes a trip to the Central Andes over Spring Break, they will knowingly anticipate a meal from the earth, a tradition that is delicious, savory and 600 years old. Erasmus once taught that in Latin you can say “thank you” in 150 different ways. We teach all our languages with the same gracious spirit.

Department Staff

Amanda Rhem

R. Maxwell Meador Chair of World Languages | Spanish Teacher | Head Coach, Girls Varsity Tennis

Jen Anderson

Dean of Teaching & Learning | Spanish Teacher

Lelia Battle

Spanish Teacher | Coach, Field Hockey, Lacrosse

Susan Foster

French Teacher

Pete Huryk

Spanish Teacher | Head Coach, Boys Varsity Soccer | Asst Coach, Track

Will Rhem

Spanish & English Teacher | Global Initiatives Coord | Head Coach, Girls V Soccer

Erin Rupe

French Teacher | Coach, Winter Musical