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.

Del Villar, Bernarda

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M.A Spanish Literature and L.A Studies

I was born in Colombia where I got my B.A in Modern Languages and then a Masters degree in Education. I have been living in the United States now for 9 years and I am every day in love with teaching. I give my students the best not only in the language but in the culture as well.

What book has made you think the most? I have read many books and I love each of them, but definitely I love "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a book that makes me understand more the latin american culture, besides it is one of the books that has a little bit of everything: History, humor and love.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Dr. Luis Fernando Restrepo, he was my Colonial Literature 19th century professor, he was a great teacher when I was in grad school. He was an amazing professor who helped me be aware of the richness of the Hispanic culture; thanks to his passion I could better understand my heritage and history.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Loyal, spontaneous and funny.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The campus is amazing but I think that my favorite place is the place where I will be teaching as it is where my students will get the best of the Spanish language and culture.

I am most happy when... I am with the people I love.

 

Davis, Lanessa

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M.A. French Literature, M.A. Spanish Literature

Born in Nashville, I grew up in the south and midwest before moving to New Hampshire in 2002 with my husband, Zachary, and daughter, Stella. My son, Wyatt was born during our first year at Dublin. I had been working at Dublin School for five years when my husband's career took us to New York, where we lived for the last eight years. I am happy to be back!

What book has made you think the most?  Most books make me think quite a bit, but, most recently, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz has made me ponder.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  I lived at my high school biology teacher's house with his wife and him for most of my senior year, and they treated me with great understanding and compassion, while providing me with structure and discipline.

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Honest, hard-working, and independent.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?  Classes comparing literature and film were my favorites.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?   My new favorite place on campus is New Dorm, which is my new home and has a spectacular view!

I am most happy when...   I am relaxing with friends and family.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?   Leaving Dublin eight years ago always felt like a mistake, but my family and I have all learned and grown from our time in New York.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  work out, read a book, and watch a movie.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?   Running/hiking.