The Sparta World Languages Department endeavors to create a student body of globally oriented, collaborative citizens whose language proficiency enables them to connect with others and develop ever deeper skills to navigate other cultures. Our mission is to educate students to become communicatively competent and invested in exploring the challenges and opportunities our world faces. We strive to develop lifelong learners able to cultivate global relationships and analyze world events through their understanding of cultural products, perspectives and practices.
- All students are capable of acquiring a new language.
- Language acquisition arises through exposure to high levels of meaningful, comprehensible input.
- Opportunities to interact with a new language should transcend the classroom setting and give rise to learners who assume an active role in local and global communities.
- Multilingualism contributes to a more fulfilled life and provides greater personal and professional opportunities.
- Students should be continually assessed, using various instruments, in all three modes of communication.
- Students should be encouraged and enabled to seek out authentic cultural sources which may broaden their personal interests.
- Through learning about the views and practices of other countries we can gain a new perspective of our own culture.
- Learners should have opportunities to reflect on their progress toward proficiency targets, which should be transparent to them.
- Acquiring a new language helps improve cognitive processes which will benefit all academic subjects.
Supervisor of World Languages and ESL
Mr. Kercher has over twenty years of professional experience in New Jersey Public Schools. During this time, he has served in a number of instructional and leadership capacities. These roles include: a teacher of Honors/Humanities programs, an ESL and ICS instructor, a Varsity Basketball, Baseball and Golf coach, a Mentor-Teacher, a 7-12 Department Supervisor, a Community Outreach Coordinator and a Professional Development Provider.
After graduating from The College of New Jersey in 1997 with a BA in History/Secondary Education, Mr. Kercher became a teacher and coach at Hightstown High School in East Windsor, NJ. He graduated from Rider University in 2006 with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. In 2008, he became the 7-12 Social Studies Supervisor in the Livingston Public Schools where he helped to create a Humanities program and integrated cultural programing in conjunction with the World Language Department.
Mr. Kercher firmly believes that a robust curricular program in Social Studies and World Language is critically important for the 21st century learner. It is from these experiences that students can become the empathetic and informed leaders of tomorrow.