Magistra was one of two teachers from high school I regularly went back to visit, and one I still tell stories about to this day. I was part of the Certamen crowd that won our first State NJCL competition and went on to Nationals twice; I remember her being utterly bemused by us, to the point of saying that maybe we shouldn't study so much! (We were equally bemused by seeing her in rollers in the dormitory hallways during our trips to Nationals: my god, our teachers are human beings that don't just exist at school). For years she had the (deliberately) terrible translation of Catullus 3 that my best friend/partner in crime and I wrote tacked up on her classroom wall, with my friend's life-sized statue of Medusa looming nearby. You only get that kind of engagement with students who love the material, and who feel safe *showing* that love, without fear of mockery. The strength of the Latin program at Pearce is a testament to her skill as a teacher, not only in imparting facts, but in getting students to engage with them. Ave atque vale, Magistra.
Bryn Neuenschwander, July 22, 2021 Miss you dearly magistra! Liyan cao, July 20, 2021 My Latin teacher at Pearce. Loved Her to pieces. Went to Europe with our class and have very fond memories of her and that trip. She organized the whole trip and even a family friend came along. What a blast. Oh what fun I had learning from her. My condolences to the family. Carol Kennedy , July 18, 2021 So sorry to read of Nancy's death. Remembering the good times we had. With our love and sympathy.
Harriett and Bob Abel, July 18, 2021 Sincere sympathies. May all the good memories be a source of comfort now and in the future.
Eileen, July 16, 2021