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I am a Latin teacher and grad student at UMass Amherst as well as an SAT instructor for a prep company, with twelve years of Latin, nine years of teaching experience, three years background in academic copyediting, and five years' freelance editing for students and artists.
Currently I am a graduate student in the UMass Classics department's MAT program, which will grant me a secondary teaching credential in Latin and Master's degree in Teaching of Latin and Classical Humanities. Two years in length, the MAT program has us teaching Latin at the university, taking classes, and both observing and teaching in local middle or high schools. The program is well-respected throughout the northeast, and acts as a feeder school for many of the Latin programs in the region.
I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a double major in Classical Languages and Linguistics and a 4.0 in the former, giving the student address at my department's graduation ceremony and receiving the only Chair's Award for Distinction in Classics--the highest award offered by my department. For students at the high school level, I received a 5 on my AP Latin and AP English Literature Exams among many others, perfect scores of 800 on the SAT writing and reading sections, a weighted GPA of 4.86, and was a National Merit Scholar finalist.
Twelve years of Latin, five years of ancient Greek, basic speaking competency in Italian, some reading ability in Spanish.
Classical Latin, Roman and Greek history, Roman and Greek art history, historical linguistics of Latin:
The Latin authors I've studied range in genre from epic to lyric to history to drama to rhetoric, and include Horace, Catullus, Terence, Plautus, Ovid, Cicero, Caesar, Livy, Suetonius, Lucretius, and a great deal of Vergil.
Writing, proofing, editing, and copy editing:
I have written many and edited all of the following for grammar, misspellings, content, clarity, and style: academic research papers, essays, and articles; creative short stories, novels, poems, monologues, and fan fiction; critical reviews of academic works, video games, and books; and college entrance personal statements. At Cal, I built a background as a copy editor for the Boalt School of Law and worked on formatting, indexing, and more according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Currently teaching Latin 110 at UMass Amherst. Previously, worked as a professional Latin tutor in California. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, I have been both a teaching assistant and instructor in Latin, preparing curriculum (exams, handouts, worksheets), grading, and lecturing on subjects such as daily life, mythology, literature, and core grammar. Locations include a high school in Orange County, a charter school in Oakland, and a shelter for homeless youth in Oakland; class sizes have ranged from seminar-style four to public school forty, while my students have been anywhere between the ages of 11 and 65. Straight out of graduation, I received an offer for a full-time Latin instructional position at a charter school in the prestigious BASIS system in Arizona. I have worked with a variety of beginning to intermediate textbooks, including Wheelock, Cambridge, Linney, Ecce Romani!, Latin for Americans, Latin Via Ovid, Disce! and Oxford.
Writing and editing:
I have three years' copy editing experience at U.C. Berkeley's Boalt School of Law, served as a writing coach to A.P. Literature students preparing personal statements for college, and have been working as a freelance editor for high school to college aged students and young artists since 2007. To reiterate: I have to date written many and edited all of the following: academic research papers, essays, and articles; creative short stories, novels, poems, monologues, and fan fiction; critical reviews of academic works, video games, and books; and college entrance personal statements. As a student at Cal, my research papers, field studies, and essays never received anything but As; currently, my articles and fictional works are well-received online.
I am an SAT instructor with a prep company, and teach weekend "bootcamps" for the company--eight hours of class time over two consecutive days. In that time, I and 40+ students cover every section of the SAT via 200 pages of carefully planned curriculum, focusing on the teaching of shortcuts and elimination of formulaic "trap answers" that are never, ever correct.
--Teaching Style and Goals--
According to student goals, I will work from the curriculum of an assigned textbook or follow the pedagogy I have developed over the years, which subscribes to the belief that Latin is more easily learned by patterns than piecemeal as most published textbooks approach the language. Regardless, each face session includes a custom lesson plan tailored to the student's needs, and is supported by regular email, Skype, and phone assistance. While rote memorization plays a part in the acquisition of any language, my focus is always on building an understanding of grammatical patterns, which assists the student in parsing Latin text regardless of his or her grasp of the author's vocabulary or unique style.
Writing and Editing:
When proofing students' works, I give copious feedback towards the refinement of clarity, conciseness, and style, focusing on precision in syntax, diction, vocabulary, theme, and authorial intent. Communication and feedback on both sides is paramount; as an editor for creatives and academics, the goal is to perfect the student's style, not impose my own.
I have been accepted to the MAT program at UMass: Amherst, which will grant me a Master of Teaching jointly with a secondary teaching credential in Latin. In a few years I hope to be teaching Latin at a public, private, or charter school in the United States.
English writing and composition, parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adverbs, participles, etc.), independent and dependent clauses, syntax, and minutia (e.g., the difference between positive, comparative, and superlative adverbs or adjectives, personal versus reflexive pronouns, etc.).
Reinforcement in grammar, translation, sight reading, composition, scansion, and textual analysis of Latin for beginning to advanced students of any age. Assistance with academic papers and research in the field of Classics, touching on Classical history and art history, historical linguistics, mythology, daily life, culture, and social issues. Textbooks: Cambridge, Oxford, Latin For Americans, Ecce Romani, Latin Via Ovid, Wheelock.
Proofreading papers for spelling, grammar, and syntax, with suggestions for improving diction (vocabulary choices) and clarity of ideas via sentence structure. Assistance with refining or inserting figures of speech which contribute to the subject--running metaphors, similes, synecdoche, etc.
Assistance with expanding one's lexicon, especially in the fields of academic, creative, or professional writing, or for SAT prep. Study basic etymology, learning the Latin roots with which many never before encountered English words can be decoded.
Very Competent — Kelsie is an excellent Latin Tutor. My Daughter has had 5 sessions with Kelsie and has benefited immensely from the expertise and guidance provided by Kelsie. Kelsie has been able to build the foundation for my Daughter which was lacking after the first year of HS Latin. She is well prepared for each lesson and she takes pains in organizing the lesson in a way that matches my daughters needs and l ...
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