Carrie Bieging earned her M.A. in Classics (Classical Philology Emphasis) in 2008. She won the Norman Austin Award for Outstanding M.A. Thesis for "Politics and Rhetoric in the Epitaphioi Logoi of Demosthenes and Hyperides," and the CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classics. She subsequently taught Latin and Classical Mythology at Pima Community College. In the summer of 2011, she moved to Flagstaff, AZ, to join the faculty of BASIS Flagstaff, the newest campus of the BASIS family of college preparatory charter schools. Carrie currently teaches Latin to 300 students in grades 5-8. Owing to the popularity of the Latin program, BASIS Flagstaff will be hiring a second Latin and Classics teacher for the 2012-2013 academic year.
We interviewed Carrie by email:
What are your fondest memories of your time in the department?
Some of my fondest memories of the Classics department are actually the times that seemed excruciatingly painful at the time—sitting as a first year student in Dr. Skinner's Catullus seminar with burning ears because of a particularly awkward spot translation I had just completed; locking myself in the department until 4 in the morning studying for Comps; working on thesis draft revisions with Dr. Bauschatz on zero sleep, etc. Now that I'm no longer a student, I miss those days of irregular sleep cycles, random pizza runs in the middle of the night and midnight cram sessions in the library. I think the memory that will stick with me the longest, though, was the wonderful feeling of terror, trepidation and excitement I experienced the first time I walked into my own classroom to teach Latin. Ten seconds in and I knew that I wanted to be a teacher.
What about your graduate program at UA has benefited you most in your subsequent career?
I learned so much from my teaching mentor, Dr. White. Not only did she instill in me a love of Latin, but she also gave me wonderful pedagogical insights about successful methods for teaching Latin. Our weekly meetings with the other Latin graduate teaching assistants were very formative in my development of a coherent teaching philosophy.
What project(s) are you currently working on?
Currently, I am helping my Head of School shape the direction of the Latin Program at BASIS Flagstaff. I would like to lead a Spring Break trip to Italy in 2013, and I am also hoping to take on teaching an AP Art History class in the upcoming school year.