Middle School Latin Teacher (Immediate Opening), Milton Academy

Milton Academy, a K-12 independent boarding and day school just outside of Boston, seeks immediate leave coverage for an in-person Latin teacher in the Middle School. The position consists of 3 Latin classes (6th, 7th, & 8th grade). We are looking for teachers who are deeply committed to teaching and working with the middle school age group and have a passion for teaching Latin. In addition to outstanding teaching ability, we seek teachers who are inquisitive, self-directed, team-oriented, and dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Classics Department uses a mixture of traditional grammar-translation and active Latin approaches in the Middle School and the curriculum iterates each year on basics but changes textbooks to keep things fresh; the 6th graders have Cambridge, the 7th is in Ecce, and the 8th uses Latin for the New Millenium. Milton Academy has a number of COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including weekly testing of all students and faculty.

Qualified candidates will possess excellent communication and writing skills, and proficiency with technology is assumed. Flexibility, creativity, a sense of humor, a strong work ethic and a commitment to being a strong team member are all critically important. Demonstrated ability working in a diverse community is essential. Teacher certification is not required. Please direct any inquiries to Jesse Sawyer, Classics Department Chair (jesse_sawyer@milton.edu).   

The Katz Prize

Attention, college and university faculty: Remember to have your students submit a paper for the Katz Prize at CANE’s Annual Meeting for prestige, resume building, and money!

Begun as a five-year pilot program in 2000, the Student Prize was designed to honor research by fledgling Classicists, at the high school or undergraduate level of study. The Prize was renamed and more narrowly defined by the Executive Committee in February 2006, when it accepted the offer of an endowment from Dr. Arnold M. Katz, whose purpose was to establish the prize in perpetuity on the occasion of the 70th birthday of his wife Phyllis B. Katz. Beginning with its award in March 2006, the prize honors Phyllis B. Katz whose long service to CANE has included terms as Executive Secretary and Director of the CANE Summer Institute, among many other activities in support of the organization. She was also the recipient of the Barlow- Beach award in 1997.

A submitted paper must be the original work of an undergraduate student, although it may be submitted for consideration the year following completion of a bachelor’s degree. The paper must focus on some aspect of ancient Mediterranean languages, literature, history or culture and should be of suitable length to be delivered orally in 15 minutes. As a research paper, it must include proper citations and bibliography. While the paper need not be demonstrative of original research, it should display both command of the subject matter and some clear or unique assessment of the topic by its author.

The winning paper will be read by the recipient of the prize during the Annual Meeting of CANE, generally as the first paper in the first Saturday session. The author will receive an award of $200, free registration for the meeting and the cost of hotel accommodations if needed.

Submissions are due on February 15th and should be sent to the Immediate Past President at immpastpres@caneweb.org. Please direct any questions to that same email address.

Save UVM Classics – An Open Letter

President Suresh Garimella, Suresh.Garimella@uvm.edu   president@uvm.edu 

Provost Patricia Prelock,  Patricia.Prelock@uvm.edu   provost.office@uvm.edu 

Members of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees, trustees@uvm.edu 

Dear President Garimella, Dr. Prelock, and Members of the UVM Board of Trustees,

On behalf of the Classical Association of New England, a disciplinary organization with more than 300 members who teach Classics throughout the region, we, the Officers and State Representatives of CANE, condemn the shortsighted decision by the University of Vermont’s Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Professor William Falls, to eliminate Classics from the UVM campus’s roster of excellent academic departments.

The governing entities of UVM should recognize the many benefits your students gain in studies associated with the languages, literatures, philosophies, religions, cultures, and artifacts of the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean region. Students taking courses in Classics gain crucial perspective on the past actions, ideas, and products of people and civilizations which have had impact and influence, for better or worse, on the present day. Students in Classics courses also gain the opportunity to reconsider and critically analyze these aspects, and engage with the present in a way that is then informed by the past. Indeed, the impact of the UVM Classics Department extends beyond your campus to the wider community, as evident in the 43 consecutive, annual Vermont Classics Days, attended in 2015 by your state’s governor.

Classics is a discipline that has had value for centuries. Indeed, Classics was integral to the university-level course of studies when the university system first emerged in the United States. We hope that you, the governing entities of the University of Vermont, will preserve your valuable Classics department, and keep the educational mission of UVM closely tied to academic traditions that distinguish the best public universities in the nation.


The Officers and State Representatives of the Classical Association of New England

CANE Officers:

President: Dr. Teresa Ramsby (UMass Amherst, MA)

Executive Secretary: Kevin Ballestrini (Mansfield Middle School, CT)

Treasurer: Ruth Breindel (Moses Brown School, emerita, RI)

Immediate Past President: Dr. John Higgins (Trinity College, CT)

President-Elect: Dr. Lindsay Sears (Greenwich Academy, CT)

Media Coordinator: Benjamin Revkin (East Greenwich High School, RI)

CANE State Representatives:

Connecticut: Dr. Mark Pearsall (Glastonbury High School)

Maine: Heidi Paulding (Fryeburg Academy)

Massachusetts: Emma Vanderpool (Springfield Honors Academy)

New Hampshire: Dr. Paul Langford (Phillips Exeter Academy)

Rhode Island: Dr. Daniel Carpenter (University of Rhode Island)

Vermont: Sarah Allen (Woodstock Union High School)