Herman, Nellie

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World Languages Department Chair

BA from Bryn Mawr College
MEd from Antioch NE Graduate School
I am enrolled in Master of Latin program at the University of Florida with an expected date of graduation as Summer 2017.

I always knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. The form this took after my graduation cum laude from Bryn Mawr was to work for peace and community oriented non-profits. However, the work was not hands-on enough for me. I wanted to be the person creating change on the ground floor not the person facilitating the change from the corner office. This led me to pursue the field of education, and Antioch’s innovative, child-centered Master of Education program was the right fit. With two semester-long internships under my belt, I was ready for the classroom, starting off in preschool and graduating to kindergarten, after which I had the pleasure to find Dublin and the final piece of my career puzzle, teaching high school. In my years at Dublin I have taught Algebra I, Spanish I, and all levels of Latin.

What book has made you think the most? In the fall of this year a student in my Latin I class lent me their favorite book, 'Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization' by Lars Brownworth (2009). My studies had not previously included the Byzantine Empire and so this book opened up a whole new historical perspective of Christianity, Islam, and Eastern Europe in general. What it did for me personally and professionally was confirm the relevance and value of a classical education in our modern world. Classics is a large window that provides a view of how we got to where we are today.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Kind, Thoughtful, Life-long Learner

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My favorite course was on the ancient author Curtius Rufus's biography of Alexander the Great, written in Latin. This was a two week intensive course down at Gainesville. It was in the 90s and thunder-storming every day with the air-conditioning making sweaters and hats inside a necessity. Besides the environmental difficulties, there was so much material to translate every day, a presentation and two tests that I thought there would be no way I could succeed. I was pushed to be a more efficient student, to expand my knowledge and hone my translating skills and I learned about a turning point in history that has had ripples throughout my personal and professional life.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The view east over Crotchet and Pak Monadnock mountain range is my favorite 'place' on campus. It is beautiful and meditative space.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Go for a walk, watch birds, read a book, putter in the yard, try out a new recipe, chat with a friend over tea, explore the world from the perspective of my cats and think about my students and crafting their learning experience.