World Languages


    Mira Loma offers various levels of Chinese, Spanish, French, and Japanese. Below find more information about the teachers and classes:

    Japanese: Mrs. Kumagai

    Mrs. Kumagai is a native Japanese speaker from Morioka, Japan. She teaches all levels of Japanese classes at Mira Loma. Her lessons include fun cultural activities such as origami, Japanese songs, learning Japanese recipes and learning Japanese through movies and anime. Tutoring is offered during lunchtime and after school. IB test preparation activities are incorporated in IB classes. Email Mrs. Kumagai

    Spanish: Mrs. Sanders, Ms. Yilmaz, Mr. Ronald Maynard, Ms. Correia


    Mr. Ron Maynard


    Mrs. Margarita Sanders (Department Chair)


    Mrs. Carrie Piepho


    Ms. Irina Yilmaz has been a teacher in the San Juan Unified School District since 1994. She has been at Mira Loma since 2010 teaching MYP 1 and MYP 2 Spanish and French classes. She holds a graduate degree in English and French from a university in Russia, her home country. She also earned an MA TESOL degree from CSU, Sacramento, in 1999, and a Master's degree in Spanish in 2011.  Ms. Yilmaz has traveled extensively in Spain, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and France. Her own experiences learning several foreign languages give her the empathy and understanding in working with her students, as she strives to impart to them the love and appreciation of the target language and cultures.

    French: Mr. Negretot


    Mr. Negretot is a native French speaker from Quebec, Canada. His knowledge and understanding of the French language and culture is an invaluable asset to the World Language department. Mr. Negretot teaches enlightening, challenging and insightful classes that address all aspects of language learning. You will be sure to find the right class for you and enjoy learning French.


    Chinese: Ms. Yang


    Ms. Yang is a native Mandarin speaker who has more than 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to integrating cultural content knowledge and language skills, she also teaches Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Ms. Yang is energetic, animated and well-versed in the subject matter she teaches. She challenges her students to achieve high levels of performance, followed by continuous support and encouragement until the student’s work comes to fruition.



Last Modified on April 7, 2022