Teacher Bios

Catherine Ritz, EdD
Director of World Languages
French & Spanish
A long-time teacher of French and Spanish, Catherine holds an M.A. in Education from New York University, an A.L.M. in Foreign Literature, Language and Culture at Harvard University and an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University in Curriculum and Instruction. Catherine is a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MAFLA).

Arlington High School
Maria Arévalo
Maria Arévalo is a native of Spain. She was born and grew up in beautiful Barcelona. After graduating from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Spanish Linguistics, she earned a scholarship to teach Spanish at Amherst College. That was the first time that Ms. Arévalo travelled to the United States, but it would not be the last. She returned to Spain in 2010 to complete a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Barcelona. After six years of teaching Spanish to foreign students in language schools and universities in Barcelona, Ms. Arévalo moved back to the United States with her American husband in 2014. In her free time she likes to cook, exercise and travel to Spain to spend time with her family and friends.

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Meagan Bassett
Meagan Bassett, originally from Northampton, MA, holds a BA from Simmons College in Spanish, education, and political science. In 2009, she received her Master’s Degree in teaching Spanish at the University of Granada in Spain. This is her sixth year teaching at Arlington High School. While teaching at AHS, Ms. Bassett has led trips to Costa Rica, Spain and Japan. Her hobbies include tennis, traveling, listening to Spanish music, and tasting food from around the world. 

Tony Di Sanzo
Tony Di Sanzo was born in Calabria (Southern Italy) but lived in Roma, a 5 minute walk from Saint Peter's. Tony received B.A. in Spanish from UMass/Boston and an M.A. and PhD in Romance Languages and Literature from Harvard University. After grad school, he taught at the University of New Hampshire and then at Reading High School, where he was a Spanish teacher and Chairman of the Foreign Language Dept. He has taught for many years and continues to teach Italian at the Harvard Extension School. Tony recently retired and found a new home in Arlington where he teaches Spanish and Italian part-time.

Ed Foley
Ed Foley majored in Latin at UMass Boston and received an MA in Classics from Boston College. He began teaching part-time in Belmont before taking a position at the Ottoson Middle School, where he taught for many years. He now teaches at AHS. Ed’s interests include languages, music, books, and movies.

Véronique Lahey is a French native. She was born, and grew up in the South of France, and lived in Paris and New York before settling in MA with her American husband and her children. She graduated from Université Paul Valéry, with the equivalent of a BA in English Literature, and also holds an MBA in International Marketing, from Baruch. Mrs. Lahey developed and runs an exchange program and home stay with Lycée Jean Jaurès in France. She spends her summers in Languedoc with her family and friends. Her interests include literature, linguistics, traveling, and cooking. 

Katia Marticorena

Katia Marticorena, originally from Lima-Peru, holds a BA from Lima’s University in Communication. In 2001, she received a Master’s Degree in Management and in 2007 another Master’s in Operations and Logistics. She graduated from prestigious universities, considered the best Business Schools in Peru and Top Business Schools worldwide. After having more than 10 years of experience in Management and Marketing, Ms. Marticorena decided to move to Massachusetts in 2010, and started a new career as a Spanish Teacher. Ms. Marticorena has a strong knowledge and cultural awareness of Spanish speaking cultures throughout the world. She is native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English. Before becoming a mother, Ms. Marticorena used to travel around the world and go on excursions. Now she spends as much time as she can with her son Brayden and when possible with her Peruvian family.

Cassandra Mea
Cassandra Mea, originally from New York, spent her formative years as a teenager in Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa where she earned a BA with a double major in Ancient Civilizations and Classical Languages in 2008. She then spent a year in the Post-Baccalaureate program there serving as the Classics Department’s Latin tutor, where she discovered a love of teaching Latin. She then went on to earn her MAT in Latin and Classical Humanities at Tufts University in 2010. Cassandra has dreams of eventually attaining a PhD in Classical Studies. In the classroom she strives to connect with students on a personal level and considers humor to be an invaluable teaching tool.

Emmy Osterling
Emmy Robinson is originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, where she first studied French and Latin in high school. After earning a BS in teaching, she began studying Spanish. Her first teaching position was in a bilingual private school in beautiful Cali, Colombia, South America, where she lived for three years and learned to speak Spanish. She taught ESL until 1997, when she became certified to teach Spanish in kindergarten through grade 12. After receiving her MA in Spanish in 2000, Emmy spent some time studying and working in computer programming. In 2004 she returned to teaching and has been teaching high school Spanish ever since. Besides Spanish, her interests include spending time with friends, hiking, exercising, quilting, kayaking, listening to Latin music and seeing movies of all kinds. 

Veronica Quinn
Veronica Quinn earned a B.A. in Latin and Italian at Smith college, and a M.Ed. at UMass Boston, but has loved learning languages for as long as she can remember. Living in Florence and taking Latin courses at the University of Florence has been an unforgettable experience that inspires her to share foreign languages and cultures with her students. She has been teaching Latin to middle and high school students for six years. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and being outside.

Christina Toro
Christina Toro is a graduate of Walpole High School, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in International Affairs and Spanish and minors in Linguistics and Latin American Studies. While an undergraduate, she spent a semester in Seville, Spain and Dublin, Ireland. After graduating, she moved to Washington, DC to study International Relations at American University. In addition to pursuing her Master’s degree, she also had the opportunity to work at the Organization of American States and the Embassy of Mexico’s Cultural Institute. In 2006, she returned to Massachusetts to become a Spanish teacher. She went to Salem State University and received her second Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in 2010. In addition to teaching, she has presented workshops at the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association and attended the 2011 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese national conference with the help of a scholarship. Most recently, she won a scholarship to participate in the 2012 US-Uruguay Teacher Exchange Program sponsored by the US State Department, American Council for International Education, and the Fulbright Commission in Uruguay. She hopes to maintain contact with Uruguay through pen-pal exchanges. In her free time, she cooks Colombian food for her husband, dances salsa when no one is looking, and dreams about her next vacation to the Spanish speaking world.

Konwen Yuen
Ms. Yuen is a native Mandarin speaker originally from China. This will be her 8th school year of teaching Chinese/Mandarin. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration majored in International Marketing from Baruch College in New York City. Currently she is pursuing a Master's degree in Education with a focus in Science at Cambridge College. When Ms. Yuen is not teaching, she plays a role of an interpreter in medical and community/legal affair fields. She also is a volunteer trail adopter with Friends of the Fells of the Middlesex State Forest.

Ottoson Middle School
Abbi Holt
Abbi Holt, originally from Virginia, holds a BA from the University of Virginia in anthropology and history. She received her MAT degree in classical studies and Latin at Boston University. This is her fifth year teaching at Arlington High School. Her hobbies include pottery, drawing, gardening, cycling, and eating good food. Her teaching philosophy embraces the traditional classical education.

Meagan Hyman
Meagan Hyman is a Long Island native who earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Susquehanna University. After graduating from Susquehanna University with a minor in Spanish, she decided to further her Spanish studies while teaching English in Madrid, Spain. Meagan lived in Madrid for two years and developed a love for the Spanish language, as well as traveling. Before coming to Arlington, Meagan taught seventh and eighth grade Spanish in Valley Stream, New York.

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Merridith Minerd
Merridith Minerd earned a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. She studied and lived in both Córdoba and Madrid, and often returns to Spain to visit friends and take courses in language and pedagogy. Prior to her career at the Ottoson, she taught Spanish to students in grades 7-12 at schools in Newton and Belmont.

Paula Nicholas
Paula Nicholas did her undergraduate work in French at UMASS, Amherst, and holds graduate degrees in French Literature from New York University in France and in Teaching Foreign Language from Tufts University. She has also studied at Trinity College, Oxford, the Sorbonne, the Université de Dijon, the Goethe Institutes in Mannheim and Göttingen, El Colegio de España in Salamanca, the Costa Rican Language Academy in San José, and Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Kraków. Before coming to Arlington fourteen years ago, she worked as the Assistant to the Director of Language Programs in Romance Languages at Harvard. She has a strong interest in the arts and enjoys working with students on creative projects like skits, songs and films. Her other interests include chamber music and painting.

Veronica Quinn
Veronica Quinn earned a B.A. in Latin and Italian at Smith college, and a M.Ed. at UMass Boston, but has loved learning languages for as long as she can remember. Living in Florence and taking Latin courses at the University of Florence has been an unforgettable experience that inspires her to share foreign languages and cultures with her students. She has been teaching Latin to middle and high school students for six years. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and being outside.

Ali Rinaldi
Ali Rinaldi attended Penn State University as an undergraduate, majoring in Spanish with a minor in business. She also studied at the University of Seville in Seville, Spain as part of her undergraduate work. She received her Master’s degree in foreign language education from the University of Maryland and taught upper elementary and sixth grade Spanish in Marblehead for several years before coming to Arlington.

Anne Zachary 
Anne Zachary teaches French and Spanish and has also studied Italian, German and Chinese.