After being introduced to Latin as a freshman in high school, I was quickly absorbed by this link to the ancient world. After studying Latin for over ten years I began helping people with their own journey into this fascinating subject. I began teaching Latin upon graduating from Loyola Marymount University. Throughout my time I have taught and tutored several students who were preparing for school exams or looking to invest additional time into their Latin studies. While emphasizing a student's strengths I hope to motivate them to focus on the areas where they are striving to improve. I try to foster a passion for a subject that many students find difficult. I show students that there is a purpose and an enjoyment to be found in learning a subject that has been studied for hundreds of years across the world. I want to help students learn that even after hundreds of years, Latin is still a language that has an importance and utility in our modern society.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want to help students learn that Latin isn't this old, scary subject. I want to help them learn that there is a utility that can be found even today. By helping students learn the language of philosophers, historians, and kings they can get a new insight into the civilizations that came before us.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Teaching slowly, explaining the purpose behind grammar, is key. We would learn what a verb is in a sentence, and how to identify one. Latin sentence structure works differently than English, and once students learn to think that way it makes the learning process easier.