I love teaching and I love Latin. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and learned to love Latin and Classics in school. In the years since, I have taught Latin for four years in Vermont, and am in the midst of my second year in Virginia.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Allegheny College - Bachelors, Classical Studies
Graduate Degree: University of North Carolina Greensboro - Masters, Latin Teaching
I like to spend time with friends, try new restaurants, and going contra dancing.
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will begin to get to know the student and assess their knowledge of the content. I will review basics first, and slowly work towards more recent learning to determine where their needs lie.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will help the student to find out how they learn best, and I'll encourage them to find and use the study skills that work for them.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I know that Latin is not easy. But I also know that with study and perseverance, it can be very rewarding to all students who dedicate themselves to it. I get so excited when students make connections in vocabulary, grammar, or literature. In English, we get so many words from Latin; the grammar is just plain beautiful in its systematic consistency, and making connections to ancient Romans who read the same words is invaluable. I love Latin.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Initially, I find out what the student knows and what they don't know. Then, building on what they know, I begin to fill in their gaps of knowledge. And I am friendly.