Sterling, VA (August 6, 2015) – Andrea Weiskopf, a Latin teacher at River Bend and Seneca Ridge middle schools, has been named the recipient of the Classical Association of Virginia’s Angela P. Lloyd Book Award by the Classical Association of Virginia.
This award is presented on the following criteria; the recipient must:
- Be a secondary school teacher in Virginia (public or private);
- Demonstrate commitment to teaching;
- Demonstrate excellence in teaching ;
- Be a member of the Classical Association of Virginia;
- Participate in CAV meetings or have students who participate in CAV contests.
One of Weiskopf’s nominators wrote this in their letter of support:
“Andrea Weiskopf is of that rare breed of educators, a teacher who invests all of herself in her teaching and who makes considerable efforts to accommodate her teaching strategies to the learning needs of her students. She approaches her craft with a unique combination of intellectual rigor, creativity and obvious enjoyment that conspire to help students assimilate and master material in ways they will never forget. Ms. Weiskopf has high expectations for herself as a teacher and sets equally high expectations for her students. Moreover, she is very adept and successful at helping her students achieve the goals she establishes for them.”
For her part, Weiskopf says she was not always enamored of Latin.
“My mother always told me to take Latin in high school, but I refused. Under the guidance of a wonderful professor at Bard College, I finally discovered Latin (and Greek). I graduated from Bard College with a BA in languages and literature. I then obtained an MA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I taught in public and private schools in Virginia. I left teaching for a few years to work as an editor on the Hill, but I missed my true passions – working with children and Latin.”
Weiskopf just completed her 10th year teaching at River Bend and Seneca Ridge middle schools.
The Classical Association of Virginia was founded in November, 1910 to promote classical teaching and culture in Virginia. The first meeting was held at John Marshall High School in Richmond, and its first Executive Committee consisted of two college faculty members and three high school teachers. The CAV from its very beginnings has promoted and nurtured the collaboration of college faculty and high school Latin teachers in its meetings and programs.