Spanish curriculum at Divine Redeemer is a program that familiarizes the student to a new language. Spanish is taught through Kindergarten to eighth grade.

Meet the Teacher


Mrs. Pat Pugh

My name is Patricia Pugh. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, South America. My family and I moved to Washington D.C. in 1963. My mother was a diplomat in Washington, D. C. for many years. I attended Montgomery College in Maryland and received my B.A. from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. After serving in the United States Army as an E-6, I was married and had one lovely child - Cassandra Pugh, who is an alumnus of Divine Redeemer. I have been living in Charleston since 1980. I started teaching Spanish to all grades at Divine Redeemer Catholic School in 1988, and I have been teaching at this school ever since. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, reading a good book, listening to music, going dancing, and traveling.

Curriculum Highlights (by grade level)

LOWER SCHOOL: Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

At this level the students will be introduce to prayers, culture, songs, games vocabulary, pronunciation of vowels, consonants division of syllables, reading, speaking and listening skills.  This program is taught once a week for a period of a half an hour. Due to the enrolment each year, the culture and the vocabulary are reviewed for new students entering Divine Redeemer.

The materials/texts that I use:

  • K5 (teacher generated material)

  • 1st - 2nd grade (¡Muy bien! Level A)

  • 3rd – 4th grade (Teacher generated material)

UPPER SCHOOL: Fifth through Seventh Grade

At this level it is an introductory program that makes communication in Spanish a natural, personalize enjoyable and rewarding experience. It is also designed to help student attain a desirable level of proficiency in four basic skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing.  This program is taught every day for 45 minutes per class.

The materials/texts that I use:

  • 5th grade Spanish is Fun (Book A)

  • 6th grade Spanish is Fun (Book 1)

  • 7th grade (Realidades 1)

SPANISH I:  Eighth Grade

This is a high school Spanish I course.  This course is a study of basic grammar and vocabulary with emphasis on conversation and other basic skills. Verb study, speaking and writing proficiency are stressed.  Spanish/Spanish American culture and geography are also a part of this course. Eighth grade students that maintain certain academic requirements may qualify for high school Spanish I credit.  This program is taught every day for 55 minutes.

The materials/texts that I use: Avancemos! 1


After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Engage in basic friendly conversation with other Spanish-speakers (I.e. describe himself/herself and ask questions)

  • Demonstrate understanding of and sensitivity towards the Spanish-speaking culture.

  • Describe needs in home, school, and community by utilizing vocabulary and possessive adjectives.

  • Compare nouns and adjectives using plurality and agreement.

  • Use regular and irregular –ar, -er, and -ir verbs to form commands, write letters and to give oral responses.