My name is Kyle Brown and I have been teaching middle and high school Latin in private school for well over a decade (my "curriculum vitae" can be found by clicking here). I graduated with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Evansville and an M.A. in Latin and Classical Studies from the State University of New York at Albany before moving to Charleston South Carolina to start my career in education in 2003.
(click the underlined links above to see my certification information).
During my fourteen years of teaching at First Baptist School of Charleston, I implemented the use of cloud based productivity apps, personalized content creation software, and other digital tools to facilitate my students' learning both in and out of the classroom. I was the first teacher at my school to implement a truly "blended learning" classroom, where students could learn at their own pace while still getting structured teacher help. The tremendous success and wealth of positive feedback over the years from my students, their parents, and my fellow educators has been a real inspiration to me and proof that when used with skill and diligence, technology can be a true boon to the educational experience.
I left the world of classroom teaching to start an educational technology consulting and training company (Intelligo, LLC - intelligosc.com), yet I still harbored a desire to teach Latin to new generations of students.
Thus Charleston Latin was born!
The Benefits of Learning Latin
THE ROMANS left behind a rich body of cultural artifacts, literature, and learning that has shaped Western and World History and continues to our own modern world. Our own culture, including our system of government, architecture, art and religion, shows the heavy influence of Rome.
STUDENTS OF LATIN see immediate benefits to their spoken and written English. More than 65% of English words come from Latin (and more than 90% of those over two syllables).
LATIN STUDENTS gain an expanded vocabulary and an understanding of word formation that can help even with unfamiliar words. These skills are particularly useful for students planning to enter fields with large technical vocabularies. Those of medicine and law, for example, are primarily based on Latin. Not surprisingly, knowing Latin tends to boost SAT scores.
LEARNING an inflected language (where endings change to show different grammar usage) with a very different sentence structure than English is an excellent introduction to how languages work in general, and students learn more about English as they learn how differently it works from Latin. Students who study Romance languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian) also have an edge after studying Latin, since Latin is the source of 75-80% of all words in these languages.
THE STUDY OF LATIN also provides training in logical thinking, boosting cognitive processes essential for math, science, and engineering. Latin has been said to cultivate such mental processes as alertness, attention to detail, memory, logic, and critical reasoning.
Charleston Latin's "Digital Latin Class" connects
the 1st century to the 21st century!
More Reasons to Study Latin
The Latin Advantage (including SAT numbers of Latin students)
Latin in the Schools Today