Salvete omnes! (That’s “Hello everybody!” in Latin.)

I am honored and humbled to be a part of the TpT family and have the opportunity to support middle and high school teachers around the world. Thank you all for welcoming me in so many ways — with Tweets, Facebook likes, emails, and good ol’ fashioned high fives.

I started at TpT about three months ago — just two weeks after watching my Seniors from Remedial Latin class graduate and head off to college. Remedial Latin? Seniors? You read that right! Since 2007, I have taught middle and high school Latin students.

Now I’m stoked to be a Community Developer at TpT, working with Amy, Talya, Nicole, Jodi, Sam, Jillian, and everyone else on Team TpT! Together we listen to what our community is saying, share educators’ voices, put together the new 6-12 newsletter, and so much more. I get to use my experiences from public and private schools to make TpT the best it can be for middle and high school educators.

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At TpT headquarters, making props for one of our Instagram videos

From Ancient Rome to an Online Collaboration Site

Last year, I taught at a public high school in Brooklyn where students take Latin all four years. Before that, I taught 6th-12th graders at a private school in California. In both places, I got to share my love of ancient Rome with students and teach in Latin immersion. (Yup, speaking Latin!). I’ve led after-school activities including Model UN and Debate, but my favorites were Gardening and Vintage Movies. (Who would have thought 8th grade boys would love Casablanca so much?!)

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Inside Trajan’s Aqueduct on a Fulbright grant for teachers at the American Academy of Rome

While teaching in New York, I also earned an EdM in TESOL and Classroom Language Acquisition. My final project asked 10,000 Latin students and 900 Latin teachers what they wanted Latin class to be. I had to learn a lot about big data and curriculum policy, while studying teacher education programs as well as pedagogy for English language learners.

Grad school made me take a step back and marvel at what goes into becoming a teacher. After graduation, I knew I needed to be part of something that was collaborative and benefited educators. I wanted a place to talk about pedagogy and assessment that empowered middle and high school students. I was looking for people who recognized teachers’ hard work and dedication. Lucky for me, I found TpT!

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Rainy hiking on my way to a Roman temple in rural Croatia

Otium — Fun Time!

When I’m not at TpT, I help run the Middle School Public Debate Program tournaments in New York City, and I serve on the board of SALVI, an organization that runs professional development immersion experiences for Latin teachers. California is where my heart lies, but I love exploring all that New York City has to offer. I love being outdoors — hiking in the Hudson River Valley or just walking around the Lower East Side.

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Virtual meeting time! Jodi and me in NYC waving to Nicole and Amy in MA! Jodi and I have been thinking about starting an Indie band – not because we’re musically inclined, but because we already have the outfits.

That’s just a little about me. I’ve loved getting to know so many of you in our educator community, and I look forward to meeting even more of you! Thoughts? Questions? Ideas? You can always reach me at elliott@teacherspayteachers.com.

 

(The cover photo shows me at my standing desk in the TpT office. I find it elevates my work.)

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