About Tom

Welcome to my blog! I’m a Southern California native who now resides in Northern Virginia. I’m a word nerd who loves all things Latin and Greek, as well as all the ways those two languages have impacted English. My undergraduate education, from Hillsdale College, is in Latin and Greek. In 2019, I completed the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. For the past eleven years, I’ve been happily teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek, English, and History in the DC-area.  My wife and I live in Northern Virginia with our four children. In 2020, he started a podcast following Plutarch’s Lives from start to finish. Join him there for an introduction—or review—of the legacy of the Greeks and Romans. 

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for truth. Imagine if a man, in need of fire from his neighbor, should arrive at his neighbor’s house and stay continually warming himself by his neighbor’s bright fire. Just so it the man who comes to another for the benefit of discourse, but does not think it necessary to kindle from it some illumination for himself or some thinking of his own, but just sits, delighting in the discourse. He gets a bright and warm glow from the opinion imparted to him, but the chill and darkness of his inner mind he has neither dissipated nor banished with the warm glow of philosophy. —Plutarch, De Auditu 18.

Why This Blog?

This is the place for me to explore and expand my own education. Why do it online? Forcing myself to publish content brings out a higher standard of work. This became most apparent to me during the recent CoronaVirus distance teaching. The classroom has its advantages, but having to teach outside it for a few months showed me some weaknesses and laziness in my presentation style. These errors can be remedied by a commitment to publishing my best work. Whether it helps a student in my classroom or a student halfway across the world, it’s sure to make me a better teacher.

Learning to Teach

I love to learn, so that I may teach. Nothing, however outstanding and however helpful, will ever give me any pleasure if the knowledge is to be for my benefit alone. —Seneca, Epistle 6.4

Teaching to Learn

gaudeo discere, ut doceam; nec me ulla res delectabit, licet sit eximia et salutaris, quam mihi uni sciturus sum. —Seneca Epistle 6.4