PLC Description:

The Middle School Pedagogical Roundtable PLC fosters conversation between middle school teachers of Latin and Classics around topics specific to teaching middle school students and needs. Teachers are encouraged to come to the PLC with ideas and questions that are relevant to their current teaching, and together we will discuss trends, solutions, and resources that can help teachers better their practice. This discussion will occur quarterly via Zoom with the June meeting taking place in person at ACL Institute. Teachers are welcome to join for any or all discussions as available.  

Lead Facilitator: Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson teaches Latin and serves as the Middle School Director of Teaching and Learning at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past fifteen years, she has taught both middle and high school Latin at all levels in independent schools. Cynthia holds an M.ed. in School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MA in Classics from Brown University and a BA in Ancient Greek and Latin from Boston University. Currently, she is the chair of the Middle School Committee and a long-time member of the American Classical League.

Other Facilitators: Nava Cohen

Currently a doctoral student in Classics and comparative literature, Nava Cohen spent twenty-five years teaching Latin to students in all grades of elementary school in both public and private settings in the Chicagoland area. She is the chair of the Exploratory Latin Exam and a long-time member of the Middle School Committee, as well as an active member of the Illinois Classics community.

Other Facilitators: Brad Savage

Brad Savage teaches Latin and is chair of Classics at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. He spent 8 years in Chicago teaching Latin and English to students ranging in age from 3 to 18 and taught middle school for one year at the Tempe Preparatory Academy. Brad holds a MA in Classics from the University of Washington and earned BAs from The Ohio State University in Classics and Political Science. Brad was named to the Outreach Committee of the National Latin Exam and was recently re-elected as Information Chair for the ETC committee of the American Classical League.


  • September 19, 7:30-8:30 pm EST, Zoom
  • December 5, 7:30-8:30 pm EST, Zoom
  • March 26, 7:30-8:30 pm EST, Zoom
  • Institute, June, In Person