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Brian S., Ph.D.
University of Florida

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  • Latin
  • Ancient Greek
  • Koine/New Testament Greek
  • Basic Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • SAT (Math and English Sections)
  • ACT (Math and English Sections)
  • PSAT (Math and English Sections)
  • English Grammar
  • Essay Writing
  • Classical Literature
  • Ancient History
  • American History
  • Classical History
  • Ancient Geography
  • Modern Geography
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classical Mythology
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Logic

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Brian has a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from Xavier University; an M.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Missouri; and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Florida.

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20 years as a middle and high school teacher

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7th Grade through Adult

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Brian began teaching as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri in the fall of 1994; his maiden lecture was on Epicurean philosophy. For the next year and a half, he taught Latin 1, 2, and 3 as a graduate instructor.

From 1996-2000, Brian was the Latin and Greek teacher at Northfield School of Liberal Arts in Wichita, Kansas. There he taught every level of Latin, grades 6-12, from Latin 1 through AP Latin Literature (Catullus and Horace). He also taught Greek 1 and 2 to interested students.

In the fall of 2000, he moved back to Cincinnati and taught at Seven Hills School. Again, he taught every level of Latin, from the 6th grade Intro to Latin course all the way through the AP courses. By the end of his tenure there in 2016, he was also teaching Ancient Greek as an independent study course.

noteworthy accomplishments icon Noteworthy Accomplishments

By a fortunate accident of birth, I happened to grow up in an area with an accelerated high school, Covington Latin School. There I skipped 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to start high school at the age of 11. At 15, I began my undergraduate career at Xavier University in Cincinnati, enrolling in their Honors Bachelor of Arts program, one that requires its students to take courses in Latin, Greek, and Philosophy nearly every semester. As a junior, I added Philosophy as a double major. While at Xavier, I won awards for the study of Philosophy and Greek. Between my junior and senior years, I won a Younger Scholars grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with which I studied Platonic and Aristotelian influences on Cicero’s essay On Friendship. At 19, I finished my BA cum laude from Xavier and began a graduate program at the University of Missouri in Classical Languages. While at Mizzou, I taught my first Latin courses to undergrads. With my M.A. in hand at 21, I took up a teaching position as the one-man classics department at the Northfield School of Liberal Arts in Wichita, Kansas, teaching Latin and Greek to grades 6-12. After teaching for four years in Wichita, I returned to Cincinnati to teach at the Seven Hills School. During my 16 years there, I taught every level of Latin at one time or another, from grades 6-12, independent study courses in both Latin and Greek, and even Algebra I for two years. Seven Hills honored me twice with awards for my teaching, once by the administration in 2012, then by the student council in 2013. Throughout my 20 years of teaching at the middle and high school level, my students have nearly always earned awards on the National Latin Exam, as well as 4s and 5s on the AP Latin exam. My students at Seven Hills were active members of the Ohio Junior Classical League, winning two state championships in Certamen and finishing in the top five in academic per capita at the state convention each of my last seven years. Starting in 2006, while I was teaching full time (or an overload), I studied for my Ph.D. at the University of Florida, finishing in 2013. I count among my other life accomplishments playing in the National Scrabble Championship in 2002 and 2004, being a contestant (and winning) on The Price Is Right in 2007, gaining reading proficiency in five languages (Latin, Ancient Greek, German, French, and Italian), and traveling to 35 states and 11 countries.

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Brian is a fantastic teacher. He is always willing to answer questions and help explain things more clearly. He explains the material well in class and tries to develop a friendship and a kind of Latin family with his students.

Factory Worker
Rose Bud, AR, US

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Brian is very thorough and easy to understand and he keeps the class interesting. He also helps in my understanding of difficult concepts.

Pleasanton, CA, USA

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Eastern (North America)

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Via email