Lyla Cerulli - Director
Lyla Cerulli started taking Latin at a Jesuit grammar school when she was ten years old. Finding the rote memorization of vocabulary and charts dry at first, she never thought she could be “good” at Latin. Now, a Latin teacher herself at Dominican Academy, she has received her BA from Binghamton University for Classics and Psychology, and an MA of Teaching Adolescent Latin from Hunter College. Lyla is the co-moderator for Rainbow Connection at her school, the Certamen coach, and Film and Animation Club. She speaks Latin every week as a leader of the NYC chapter of Lupercal, and is the editor of Lupercal’s blog. As the Director of Translation at Project Nota, she facilitates the reading and translation of Latin with the amazing team of women from around the world. In her spare time, she works with the Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group and their campaign for public power in New York City.
Melissa Goldman (she/her) teaches Latin at Los Alamos High School and Topper Freshman Academy in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She began Latin as an 11th grader in Lawrence, Kansas, at her father’s insistence--and just kept going from there. She has a BA in Classics and MA in Classical Literature from the University of Kansas and has completed doctoral level work at a few places. Her favorite aspect of the field is its interdisciplinary nature, and she enjoys projects ranging from deep dives into the use of specific words to a broad survey of Mathematics in Ancient Greek. In addition to work in Latin and Ancient Greek, she has an MA in Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University. She sponsors the Genders and Sexualities Alliance and Latin Club at her school and is also a Safe Space resource person for the school district. This background inspires her desire to make Latin more accessible and relevant to all students. She joined Project Nota to expand her knowledge of later Latin and female Latin authors.
Abigail Alicia López Ortiz
Abi was majoring in History when she decided to learn Latin and Greek in order to get closer to the ancient world. In 2014 she attended the Accademia Vivarium Novum summer course without any previous knowledge of the language and has been teaching Latin since, either independently or as a part of an organization. Latin helped her discover her passion for languages and she cannot get enough of them now. She changed majors and now studies Linguistics at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and Hispanic Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She also teaches Spanish as a foreign language and loves to reflect on the impact textbooks have on students. She enjoys creating her own didactic material.
Abi is glad to have been a part of In Foro Romano, an all-women international latin speaking podcast. In addition, she frequently collaborates with the Circulus Latinus Iacobopolitanus in Santiago de Chile and is one of the founders of Amárantos, a circulus Latinus in Mexico City, where she's also to lead a Lupercal group very soon.
She's glad to offer Latin-Spanish translations for Project Nota's Translation Department.
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