Meet Magistra Reed

Angela Reed has been a student of lingua Latina and classical civilization for over twenty-five years. Her road to Rome began in high school when she took her first Latin class and joined the Latin club—leading to several years’ enthusiastic participation in the Florida Junior Classical League. She served the FJCL in local and state leadership and competed in various events at regional and state fora. Her creative accomplishments included designing and modeling a costume for Pandora, tragic opener of forbidden boxes; performing a dramatic interpretation in Latinē of the sorrowful tale of Daedalus & Icarus; and writing a short story inspired by the myth Daphne & Apollo 🌿

In college, she furthered her classical pursuits. She took courses in Koine and ancient Greek, linguistics, and English and Latin literature, adding an education minor to prepare for teacher certification. She was inducted into Eta Sigma Phi, a collegiate honorary society for students of Latin and Greek, and represented her local chapter at national conventions held at Monmouth College (IL) and the University of San Diego (CA). She also spent a summer studying abroad in Rome, touring all the famous sites in la città eterna and eating her way across Italy and Greece 😋

After completing a B.A. in Classics in 2002, Angela continued to the Graduate School at the University of Florida, teaching undergraduate courses in Latin, reading the classical canon, and growing excessively fond of Cicero, whose vivid oratorical style and political theater became the subject of her Master’s thesis. She earned an M.A. in Latin in 2007 and has since taught in a variety of educational settings. She maintains her Florida Professional Educator Certificate with credentials in Latin K-12 and English 6-12 🏛

Of course, this is only the academic story. There were many adventures of real life unfolding in these years: falling in love, getting married, making a home, traveling the world, and having children—now five of them! When she first encountered the philosophy of Charlotte Mason in 2014 and embraced it for homeschooling her own children, it was only a matter of time before she wanted to apply Miss Mason’s ideas to Latin teaching. She has been researching how Latin fits in the CM paradigm ever since, freely sharing her gleanings in print articles, IG posts, podcast interviews, and workshops. All this research led to much experimentation in the classroom, and eventually, to the creation of Living Latin Lessons. And this is where you find her now: joyfully teaching her students with living methods and offering support and encouragement to parents who desire to introduce their children to the Latin language. 💜

If you’d like to learn more about Angela’s credentials and experience, check out My Labors