What is your teaching philosophy?
As a Latin teacher, it has always been my objective to make sure that my students find my content and lessons relevant, comprehensible, and engaging. Latin is a subject that some people assume will be “hard” or “boring,” and they wonder, “Why should we study a dead language?” In my class, I seek to challenge these negative beliefs and demonstrate that Latin lives on in the modern world.
I use an active approach, which involves speaking, listening, reading and writing the language. Students learn a great deal about the history and culture of the Romans, and I strive to bring them to life through readings and sharing of stories, as well as acting out the stories in our text about various aspects of Roman life. Through songs, games, performances and projects, my classroom becomes a place where students are able to laugh together, take risks, and build camaraderie based on their shared experience of learning a whole new language and culture. Mistakes are learning experiences, and we work together to overcome obstacles and continue our journey to understanding the lives and stories of the Romans in their own words.
What excites you about The Academy at Penguin Hall?
The mission of empowering young women to succeed is one that is near and dear to my heart. The Academy at Penguin Hall is very similar to the high school from which I graduated, and I have fond memories of my experience of single-sex education. As a candidate for a position at the Academy, I visited the school and saw young women who were clearly full of joy and showing kindness and support for one another. I am very excited to be part of fostering the sense of community that is evident upon entering the school.
Share something interesting about yourself.
On school vacations, my family and I enjoy visiting our National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites. Since 2013, we have visited Yellowstone, Grand Teton, the National Mall, Acadia, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia, Great Smoky Mountain, Shenandoah, Mammoth Cave, Grand Canyon, and Saguaro National Parks, and the five National Parks in Utah are our next stop. We believe our National Parks are a great treasure that everyone should take the time to discover and explore.
Monica Faiella has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, with minors in philosophy and Latin, from Boston University. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in elementary education from Simmons College.