- Amherst, MA
- February 10, 2020
To whom in may concern,
I believe that all students should have access to Latin and the Liberal Arts. I did not encounter Latin until my junior of college, and it changed the way I understood the language and culture of the western world. Because of the profound positive effects of Latin in my life, it is my goal to help promote the study of Latin as beneficial to all learners.
My relevant educational qualifications are as follows: In 2016, I graduated with a BA in Latin and Greek from the University of Minnesota and earned the CAMWS award for “Outstanding Achievement in Classical Studies.” In the Spring of 2020, I will graduate with a Master of Art in Teaching Latin degree (MA in Classics with teaching license) from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. With this degree I am licensed to teach Latin and the Classical Humanities from grades 5 to 12.
I have experience teaching several levels of Middle and High School Classics. In the 2016-17 school year, I taught Latin at all grade levels from 6th to 12th grade. In addition, I also taught an introductory Greek course and a course on ancient history. From 2018-2019, I independently taugh1 sections of Latin 110, 120, and 230 at the collegiate level as well as being a Teacher’s assistant for a Greek Civilization course. Currently, I am teaching a section of Latin 2 and Latin 4 at Frontier Regional High School where I am independently planning, instructing, and evaluating the classes.
My teaching philosophy for Latin instruction is that students should engage in the language through listening, reading, speaking, and writing the language in meaningful contexts, and students should also engage with and understand the underlying grammar of the language. The combination best practices of Active Latin and more traditional methods creates a more equitable classroom while keeping the rigor of Latin study. My philosophy concerning the instruction of culture also follows from the unique advantages of Latin study.
My philosophy on teaching Roman culture is that it must be taught to deepen students’ understanding of themselves and the world they inhabit. I value an engaging study of culture which promotes critical thinking, cultural literacy, interdisciplinary study. As such, I have formerly created units on Greek Philosophy, Roman History, and classical reception in the modern period. My current efforts are in creating a class project which critically examines the role of women in Roman society (especially foreign women like Boudica, Cleopatra, and Zenobia) in Latin II and a reflection on the cultural impact of the Roman principate in Latin IV.
In the future I would hope to do this in the capacity of a department head or team leader. Ultimately, teaching Latin is, to me, an exciting and meaningful challenge. The lack of access to Latin in my early education motivates me to preserve and promote the unique benefits of a thorough Latin instruction. I sincerely believe that I would be a valuable addition to any Latin or Classics team, and I hope to be in contact with you soon.
Matthew J. Berg
This degree combines the content of a Latin & Classical Humanities MA with a Massachusetts state initial licensure.
Baccholor of Arts in Latin & Greek with graduate level studies in the Latin and Greek Language as well as in Classical culture.
In this capacity I planned, taught, and evaluated one section of Latin 2 and one section of Latin 4 under the guidance of a cooperating teacher. These course covered the content of Cambridge Unit 2 and Unit 4 respectively.
In this capacity I independently planned, taught, and evaluated three sections of college level Latin (110, 120, & 230) and was a teacher's assistant for a Greek Civilization course.
In this capacity I taught various levels of Latin from Grades 6 - 12, Introductory Classical Greek, and Ancient History.