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Ms. Perez

Lorriane Perez

¡Bienvenidos a todos a mi salón de clase! Welcome to my classroom! My name is Lorraine Pérez. (Students know me as Ms. Pérez or Maestra.) 

I teach Spanish level 1 and 3 and Honors 3.

 I was born and raised in Sonoma County and I am an alumna of Piner High School, class of ‘98. Needless to say, I am a PROUD Piner Prospector. 

Since my days at Piner, I have traveled extensively throughout Central America —working in orphanages, national parks and health clinics, only to find myself living in Costa Rica for three years where I learned Spanish and fell in love with the Latinx culture. 

In addition to teaching Spanish, I have taught yoga for eleven years— recently teaching yoga at the Juvenile Hall of Sonoma County and for Piner’s after school yoga program. I am not a native Spanish speaker, however my journey learning Spanish has been long and driven by my desire to connect to mis raices latinas, my Latinx roots. I am here to support all my students both academically and social-emotionally. I look forward to meeting you. Please do not hesitate to contact me via Parentsquare or email,

Sr. Castro

Sr Castro


Mi nombre es Jose M Castro y yo enseño Español para hispanohablantes niveles 1, 2, 3, 4 y AP. Piner High School ha sido mi lugar de trabajo por casi 20 años de los cuales he ganado mucha experiencia educativa y me he enriquecido a un nivel profesional. Soy originario de El Salvador y vine a este país cuando tenía 19 años. He recibido mi educación en Santa Rosa Junior College y Sonoma State University donde he adquirido mis títulos de licenciatura y mi maestría en Español y Estudios Latinos. Además, soy instructor de GED en Español en Santa Rosa Junior College.



My name is Jose M Castro and I teach Spanish for Spanish Speakers Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP. Piner High School has been my workplace for almost 20 years from which I have gained much educational experience and enriched myself on a professional level. I am originally from El Salvador and I came to this country when I was 19 years old. I have received my education at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University where I have acquired my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Spanish and Latino Studies. Also, I am a GED instructor in Spanish at Santa Rosa Junior College.

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Mr. Vences

Mr. Vences

¡Bienvenidos a todos y a todas!

Me llamo Jonathan Vences- My name is Jonathan Vences.My students call me Sr. Vences- Mis estudiantes me conocen como Sr.  Vences.

Soy el maestro de Español para hispanohablantes 1 y 2 y Spanish 2

Aprendí a hablar a una edad muy temprana porque viví en México desde antes de la primaria.

Me gusta leer y conocer más de la cultura de países hispanohablantes.

Disfruto poder ayudar a mis estudiantes a mejorar leer, hablar y escribir, también a apreciar su propia cultura.

Para confactarme porfavor de escribirme a la siguiente direccion:

Spanish in action

The language program at PHS

Piner High School offers Spanish and French language classes. Both pathways include Advanced Placement classes and students have the chance to earn The Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish.

Madame Cecil

Madame Cecil

Bonjour / Hello!  

Je m'appelle (My name is) Maureen Cecil (Madame Cecil to the students) and I teach all levels of French: French 1, French 2, Honors French 2, French 3, Honors French 3, French 4 and AP French, here at Piner High School.  I have also taught English (9th & 10th grade), Life Skills and Film Studies.

This is my 12th year teaching and my 11th year at Piner High. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities with an Art History emphasis from Dominican University, a Bachelor of Arts in French from Sonoma State University and an Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. I have traveled many times to France, Europe and to South America.  I first got into education working as a substitute teacher, then working with student volunteers and finally realizing I wanted to teach. I have traveled with students to France, where I had a wonderful time exploring the French language and culture with them.

Ms. Salas de Torres

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I am a bilingual maestra with a credential in the Spanish Subject. 

Sonoma State University Alumni with Spanish and Chicano and Latino Studies. 

MEChA Advisor and Ethnic Studies Committee Member.