Mallory Rutledge will be teaching Spanish this school year.
"Spanish challenges me," she said last week, "and I always enjoy that. It says a lot about the teachers here that they inspired me to go on with this language."
While in high school she participated in a church mission trip to Nicaragua. In college, she studied for a time in Chile, staying with a family there.
"It was a good way to live the language, because they didn't speak any English," she said. "It was a great place to practice my Spanish."
She continues to travel to countries where Spanish is the first language. "This summer, I spent a month in Panama and went back to Chile to see my host family. I hadn't seen them in years," she said.
Rutledge graduated from Messiah College and went on to teach Spanish for three years at Lionville Middle School in the Downingtown School District.
"My whole life is in this district," she said. "My family is here, my church is here, and teaching in Downingtown separated me from that.
She is also reconnecting with the teacher who taught her Spanish for the first time.
"Jen Eisenberger is my mentor this year. She taught me in high school and she's my cousin," Rutledge said.
When she's not teaching, Rutledge likes to travel and enjoys sports.
She attends La Cosecha, the Spanish language congregation of Wesley Church.