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Mrs.  Jennifer  Joy
Foreign Language - Latin
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Foreign Language, Social Science


University of Alabama, bachelor of arts, 1998

University of Colorado, Boulder, professional teacher licensure, 2001

University of Alabama, master of arts, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 2009


Hoover High School, Latin teacher, 2001-2003

Mountain Brook Junior High School, Latin teacher, 2003-2008

The Altamont School, part-time Latin teacher, 2011-2013



Gaudeamus et discamus linguam Latinam! I am so pleased that you have chosen to walk into D155. The Latin language and the culture and history of ancient Rome is, excuse the expression, truly a joy to teach. I am the luckiest teacher on the planet because I have the privilege of teaching students about some of the most interesting people in our world's history. If someone told me tomorrow that I could not teach Latin, I would be devastated. It truly is my calling, and I am honored that you have chosen to take a trip with me for a little while. My pledge to you is to make this journey as engaging, interesting, and fun as possible. During our time together, I hope to make Latin and the Romans speak to you. They have so much to say if we just take the time to stop and listen.

You may wonder how I ended up in a Latin classroom years ago. Well, my mother made me take it, but not for the reasons you may think. She didn't think that I had aspirations for medical or law school. Her reason was simple. I had to begin with the source language of so many of our modern languages. Thus began my Latin studies at John Carroll Catholic High School. My teacher, Robert Patrick, was and still is the greatest inspiration, and he is hands down my all-time favorite teacher. 

After earning a bachelor of arts degree in history and classics at The University of Alabama, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. In 2001, I finished two years of work towards this end at The University of Colorado in Boulder. It was in one of my classes in the Department of Education that I met my husband Ethan, a language arts teacher at Pizitz Middle School. We have two sons, ages 9 and 6. In 2009, I earned a master of arts in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Alabama. In January of 2015, I returned to Hoover High School where my teaching career began. I look forward to many great years with all of you!