Teacher Information

Mrs. Lillian Zehner

Phone: 260-637-5159


Mrs. Lillian Zehner

Hola! My name is Mrs. Lillian Zehner and I teach 8thgrade Spanish at Carroll Middle School. I am on the eighth grade team and teach alongside some fantastic teachers: Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Shoda, Mrs. McNiece, Mr. Clinkenbeard, Mr. Terrell, Mrs. Molargik, Mr. Lestinsky, Mr. Wood, and Mr. Yoder.

I am married to a wonderful man, Mike, and together we have four great children.

Our oldest daughter, Melina, is twenty-eight years old, a graduate of IU Bloomington, and lives in Huntington Beach, California working in marketing. Morgan is twenty-seven years old, is married to a great guy named Andrew, and is a cosmetologist in South Bend. Kayleigh is twenty-six years old, married to a great guy named Bert, also graduated from IU Bloomington, and is a registered dietician at Parkview. Our youngest, Todd, is twenty-five years old and is a senior at IU Bloomington. Go Hoosiers!

I am originally from El Paso, Texas, and I think deep in my heart I'll always be a "Texas girl".I've also lived in Juarez, Mexico, Nauheim, Germany, Alamogordo, New Mexico and have traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, California, Arizona, Spain, Austria, France, and Canada. As you can tell, I love to travel but I think Fort Wayne is going to be home until Mike and I retire.
I am a native Spanish speaker but can speak, read, understand, think, and dream in both English and Spanish. Growing up all of my formal schooling took place in Texas but at home we spoke only Spanish. I feel very fortunate that I had this kind of upbringing because it has helped make me a truly bilingual person.
I taught a 2nd grade bilingual class for three years in El Paso, and when I moved to Ft. Wayne I spent seven years teaching 7th grade Literature and 8thgrade Spanish at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. This is my thirteenth year here at Carroll Middle and must say I feel very fortunate to be teaching at such a fantastic school.

Mrs. Zehner's Mission for Spanish Class

My mission is to teach my students an appreciation and love of the Spanish language and culture.I am very excited and thrilled that your child chose to study a foreign language. The benefits of knowing a foreign language, especially Spanish, are vast in this day and age. I love teaching this beautiful and extremely useful language and hope to pass along the love of this language and culture to your child. Since this class is taught at a high school level, it will allow your child to move on to Spanish 2 as a freshman if they complete this class successfully. This means that they can possibly take a total of up to 5 years of Spanish if they choose, and be truly fluent by the end of their high school career!

I would like to ask for your assistance so that your child will have a positive and successful year learning the wonderful Spanish language. Vocabulary and grammar are covered extensively and you can help at home, even if you don't know the language. Who knows, by the end of the year you may learn a thing or two as well! The following are just a few factors and suggestions that can help you help your child:

  1. Learning a foreign language can be fun BUT requires hard work and commitment.

  2. It is important not to become discouraged. Learning a language takes time, patience, and determination.

  3. Encourage your child to study their vocabulary on a daily basis. Creating vocabulary flash cards out of 3x5 index cards is an extremely useful tool in practicing vocabulary and an easy way for you to get involved.

  4. I recommend your child spend at least 20 minutes at home reviewing the day's grammar and/or vocabulary lesson.

  5. Don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions or concerns (637-5159).

I am really looking forward to teaching your child. Spanish is now the 2nd most spoken language in theUnited States and I can't begin to tell you how beneficial this language will be to your child, now and in the future.