I graduated from Emory University with a BA in Classics and English and am currently working toward my PhD in Classics at UCLA, where I received my MA in Classics in 2010. I am writing my dissertation on Homer's Iliad.
I have been a teaching assistant at UCLA for four years. Two of these years I taught introductory courses on Greek and Roman civilization. I have extensive experience working individually with students during my office hours, which students frequent above all for help with their papers. Whatever the stage of the writing process, I can pass on lots of practical knowledge hard-won from years of writing. For the other two years, I taught beginning Latin. I love teaching Latin. Students can tell that I am passionate about Latin (or whatever I'm teaching), and some of my enthusiasm rubs off on them.
I have experience working with students at different levels (from middle school to college) and with different learning styles. I want learning Latin or any subject to be as enjoyable as possible for the student, so I will experiment with different techniques and exercises until the student and I can find what's most fun and effective. I tailor my teaching to the student's personality and try to make studying the subject an intrinsic motivation (i.e., worth doing for its own sake).
Reading Latin (or Greek) literature in the original language with students is my favorite type of teaching because I love both the language and the literature. I teach language, literature, history, and writing at all levels, most subjects at the elementary or middle school level, and test prep. I am extremely curious, have lots of interests (literature, history, psychology, philosophy, linguistics), and love learning. I used to be a nationally-ranked golfer in high school and still play. I also write poetry and fiction.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Emory University - Bachelor in Arts, Classics, English
Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Master of Arts, Classics
SAT Verbal: 700
GRE Verbal: 800
Writing, reading, golf, tennis, working out
College World History
High School English
High School World History