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~ Marian Wright Edelman
The Texas Panhandle's only private college preparatory school for students in grades 6 through 12
Mrs. Laura Giles has taught middle school Latin at Ascension Academy since 2010 with a one-year hiatus last year. She is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and earned an M. A. in Classical Humanities at Texas Tech University. She has taught at Carlsbad High School in New Mexico and spent 28 years at Amarillo HS before coming to Ascension Academy. At AHS she was the head of the Foreign Language Department for 12 years prior to her “retirement.” She taught Latin I, II, IIP, IIIP, IVAP and IB and VAP and IB.
She feels she has found her calling as a middle school Latin teacher here, as she feels rejuvenated as an educator every time she enters Ascension and is thrilled to be part of such a fine educational community. This year she is teaching two sections of Latin ½ A.
With Mr. Martin, she works with the Latin Club and Junior Classical League and has supported students at Area and State Latin Contests. She has taught Latin ½A, Latin ½B and Latin I. She is a proponent of the Junior Classical League having served as a national officer in high school, college, State Chair in New Mexico and Chair of the National Junior Classical League. She feels that every student can represent
their school in some way through JCL.