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New Latin Teacher’s Romance with Rome

Caleb Kirven, Journalism Student

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You might assume that your average Latin teacher has always loved Latin and nothing else. Mrs. Laura Gaudagnoli, the new Latin and World Studies teacher at Weston High School, might not be your average Latin teacher.     You might assume that your average Latin teacher has always loved Latin and nothing else. Mrs. Laura Gaudagnoli, the new Latin and World Studies teacher at Weston High School, might not be your average Latin teacher.

When Mrs. Gaudagnoli started college at the University of Vermont, she pursued  a major in pre-med.  It wasn’t long before she discovered that the pressures and competitiveness in the study of medicine was not for her. She then shifted her focus and explored taking courses in history and Latin.

Mrs. Guadagnoli says, “I instantly fell in love with the subjects.” Mrs Guadagnoli loved Roman History and its culture. It was the cultural part that brought Mrs. Gaudagnoli to pursue the Latin language. Mrs. Guadagnoli transferred from the University of Vermont to  Fairfield University to study her new found passions. While at Fairfield she studied Latin with an emphasis on Roman History.

After graduating from Fairfield University, she started teaching at her first job at Trumbull High School in 2003 and became their new history teacher. At the same time, she also taught Latin because their program was just starting and wasn’t too strong.   After teaching for a couple of years she says, “The Latin program was getting stronger, more and more students wanted to join.” At this point in time, she decided to drop history and become a full time Latin teacher. Into her tenure at Trumbull High school, Mrs. Guadagnoli says she wanted to take a year off. “I took a year off because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach anymore.”  During the year, Mrs. Guadagnoli decided to visit her daughter who was in college at the time and help her prepare for graduate school. Later that year, she realized she missed teaching and started applying for jobs in 2014. She became a part time Latin teacher in Wilton. Mrs. Guadagnoli says she was happy and worked there for about two years but then she heard about the job opening in WHS, which allowed her to teach Latin and history again. “Weston has a very good reputation. It’s a small school and it’s the smallest school I’ve ever taught in,” she says. “I liked the people who were interviewing me such as the principal and the other Latin teacher, Ms. Amanda Telford. I just really liked them and I thought that this school would be really supportive.”

Mrs. Guadagnoli may have had a difficult time getting to where she is today as a Latin and history teacher, but we are so happy that she ended up here to share her adventures.  You might assume that your average Latin teacher has always loved Latin and nothing else. Mrs. Laura Gaudagnoli, the new Latin and World Studies teacher at Weston High School, might not be your average Latin teacher.
When Mrs. Gaudagnoli started college at the University of Vermont, she pursued a major in pre-med. It wasn’t long before she discovered that the pressures and competitiveness in the study of medicine was not for her. She then shifted her focus and explored taking courses in history and Latin.
Mrs. Guadagnoli says, “I instantly fell in love with the subjects.” Mrs Guadagnoli loved Roman History and its culture. It was the cultural part that brought Mrs. Gaudagnoli to pursue the Latin language. Mrs. Guadagnoli transferred from the University of Vermont to Fairfield University to study her new found passions. While at Fairfield she studied Latin with an emphasis on Roman History.
After graduating from Fairfield University, she started teaching at her first job at Trumbull High School in 2003 and became their new history teacher. At the same time, she also taught Latin because their program was just starting and wasn’t too strong.
After teaching for a couple of years she says, “The Latin program was getting stronger, more and more students wanted to join.” At this point in time, she decided to drop history and become a full time Latin teacher.
Into her tenure at Trumbull High school, Mrs. Guadagnoli says she wanted to take a year off. “I took a year off because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach anymore.”
During the year, Mrs. Guadagnoli decided to visit her daughter who was in college at the time and help her prepare for graduate school. Later that year, she realized she missed teaching and started applying for jobs in 2014. She became a part time Latin teacher in Wilton.
Mrs. Guadagnoli says she was happy and worked there for about two years but then she heard about the job opening in WHS, which allowed her to teach Latin and history again.
“Weston has a very good reputation. It’s a small school and it’s the smallest school I’ve ever taught in,” she says. “I liked the people who were interviewing me such as the principal and the other Latin teacher, Ms. Amanda Telford. I just really liked them and I thought that this school would be really supportive.”
Mrs. Guadagnoli may have had a difficult time getting to where she is today as a Latin and history teacher, but we are so happy that she ended up here to share her adventures.

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