Foreign Language/ESL

Kelli Miller, ESL
Cole Shanholtz, Latin
Darcy Wallace, Spanish
Dionne Williamson, Spanish
TBA, Chinese

The Foreign Language Department at Enka has a great deal to offer students.  There are three languages offered; Spanish, Chinese and Latin  There are currently four teachers in the department and each one has something unique to bring to the school.  The teachers come from various backgrounds and have diverse teaching experiences.


            Darcy Wallace, the Department Head and one of the Spanish teachers, has been at Enka for thirteen years.  Before coming to Enka, Ms. Wallace worked for Asheville City Schools at the Preschool.  She is originally from Syracuse, NY but arrived to Buncombe County from Colorado.  She went to Niagara University in Niagara Falls NY where she majored in Spanish. She also played soccer all four years for the University. During her college studies, she lived in Seville, Spain for one semester.  She currently lives in Candler with her husband, son, and two dogs. 

            Dionne Williamson, is the other Spanish teacher at Enka.  She has been teaching at Enka for twelve years.  Previously, she taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and Remediation. Ms. Williamson is originally from Arcadia, California but came to North Carolina from Florida.  She studied at the University of South Florida and also at UNC-Asheville. She has traveled to Puerto Rico twice and to Mexico on numerous occasions. Currently, she lives in Weaverville with her husband and two daughters.


Latin is alive at Enka High School. Students have studied Latin for over 50 years here in mountains of western North Carolina.  Why is it so strong?  Latin is more than a language at Enka; it's a tradition of excellence.  University bound students enroll in Latin for development of English vocabulary, an understanding of ancient culture, and the rigor of a classics education.

Our Latin program actively participates in the National Junior Classical League and North Carolina Junior Classical League.  These organizations support state and national academic teams, writing, art, and drama competitions and a National Latin Honor Society as well as athletic competitions.  Each spring our program competes in the National Latin Exam with a history of success.