Whetstone World Language Teachers
Mr. Heydlauff (Señor H) has been teaching Spanish at Whetstone since 2012 and in Columbus City Schools since 2007. He received his B.A. in Spanish from Denison University and his M.Ed. from The Ohio State University. Señor H enjoys teaching Spanish grammar and culture, leading student tours to the Spanish-speaking world, and singing Mariachi music in class.
Ms. Mathews graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in Linguistics and French along with a minor in Hearing, Speech, and Language Science and with an M.Ed to teach K-12 French. She began her teaching career at Walnut Ridge High School in 2009 and has been at Whetstone since 2010. Ms. Mathews also has her TESOL Endorsement to teach English as a Second Language. She has been Whetstone's Columbus Education Association Senior Faculty Rep, Electives Department Chair, and the adviser for the Sexuality and Gender Alliance. She has been leading student trips to France since 2012. In her spare time, Ms. Mathews likes to travel and spend time with her partner and pets.
Ms. Mejia has been teaching Spanish in the CCS district since 2002, joining the staff at Whetstone in 2012. She was an exchange student in Costa Rica in high school, which triggered her initial interest in Spanish. She later pursued her Spanish degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, followed by an Education degree from Ashland University. She also holds a TESOL endorsement and is currently pursuing a Reading endorsement from The Ohio State University.
Better known as Señora Mejia in the classroom, she has lead a total of four student travel experiences, including Mexico, Spain and twice to Costa Rica. Witnessing students experience culture and language first hand in an authentic environment is what inspires her most about being a Spanish teacher!
Outside of the classroom Señora Mejia enjoys spending time with her husband and twins, riding bikes, hiking, cooking, reading, attending festivals, and taking advantage of Columbus’s wide array of local and ethnic eateries.
Ms. Riggs earned a B.S. in Elementary Education K-5, and graduate work in teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) K-12. She is licensed to teach Elementary K-5, American Sign Language (ASL) K-12, and English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12. She began her career as an educational interpreter for Deaf students in Dublin and Upper Arlington. Prior to Whetstone, she taught ASL and ESL at Upper Arlington High School, and joined the staff at Whetstone High School in 2011.
Ms. Riggs teaches ASL 1, 2, 3, and 2 College Credit Plus dual enrollment courses, Beginning ASL and Introduction to the Deaf Community.