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Latin teacher Tom Herpel works to form meaningful connections with students and athletes

Latin teacher Tom Herpel works to form meaningful connections with students and athletes

Olivia Zerega, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 17, 2019

Whether it is in the classroom or on the soccer field, Latin teacher and varsity boys soccer coach Tom Herpel preaches perseverance and guides students to be the best versions of themselves. Herpel is in the business of building relationships with all he comes into contact with. “He gave me ad...

Latin program faces potential cuts

Latin program faces potential cuts

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

March 13, 2019

Due to an enrollment drop in Latin in recent years, the future of the program is being threatened. If more students do not start taking Latin I and II, the number of sections of the class will only continue to decrease as students move through levels III, IV and V. “We are seeing that students have way more...

Students bring a dead language to life

Students bring a dead language to life

Fatema Rehmani, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

Reading the works of classical authors like Cicero and translating, Latin students focus on bringing back Roman history. Labeled as “dead” and thought of as ancient or a language of the past, Latin teacher Tom Herpel works to keep it alive. “I chose Latin because at the time I was studying for the spel...

Students blend art and Latin

Students blend art and Latin

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 6, 2018

Along with a mural of the Roman forum on the wall, student-painted ceiling tiles join the collage of decorations hanging from Latin teacher Tom Herpel’s walls. The tiles that depict ancient Roman deities are an ongoing project in Herpel’s collection of handmade classroom decorations. “I had a meet...

Getting to know Latin teacher Jodi Wickman

Getting to know Latin teacher Jodi Wickman

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

October 13, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Wickman: “After my master’s degree, I wanted to work in a museum and was interning in the education department of Milwaukee Public Museum. I decided to teach for a couple of years to get some experience and fell in love with teaching. This is my 13th year teaching...

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