2007 ICC Lifetime Achievement Award:
Our next honoree received her BA degree from Mt. Holyoke and her
MAT from Northwestern University. She began her teaching career as
an intern at New Trier H.S. in Winnetka, IL in 1968 and shortly
after left for a few years to raise a family. In 1983 she returned
to teach at Marillac H.S. where she began the Latin program with a
fledgling class of freshman and within seven years built it to a
successful four-year sequence. After the school merged its students
with those of Loyola Academy, our honoree returned to New Trier in
1990 and has remained there until her retirement in 2007.
While at New Trier, our honoree taught all levels of Latin, but she
came to be most associated with the third year Cicero course and the
AP Catullus/Horace classes. When New Trier opened its freshman
campus a few years ago, she volunteered to break new Latin ground
there and returned to teaching the lower levels, while still
maintaining her interest and ties with the upper division classes.
In the final year of her employment, she became the fabled commuting
teacher and she drove between the two campuses. For her successful
teaching achievements, the ICC honored her with the Illinois Latin
Teacher of the Year Award in l997. Also
while at New Trier, she spent some time teaching in Viterbo, Italy,
helping the STUDENT YEAR ABROAD program at the school to get off the
While at New Trier, our honoree’s students distinguished themselves
in many arenas. They were frequent winners, especially at the third
year level, in the IHSA State Latin Tournament. They amassed many AP
credits as well, establishing the New Trier Latin program as one of
the finest in the area.
Our honoree participated, along with her students, in the North
Shore Regional Division of Certamen, where she helped organize the
many activities that accompany this highly popular student event.
She organized and scheduled matches and pairings, wrote and read
questions, and acted as sometime scorekeeper, timer, and referee
while her students continued to take home many trophies and ribbons
Continuing to work on behalf of students, our honoree was
responsible for the ICC’s innovative LATIN DAY IN CHICAGO which
allowed teachers to bring students to some of the city’s educational
museums and exhibits with a special emphasis on Latin subjects.
Field trips to the Oriental Institute, the Shedd Aquarium and
particularly the Art Institute were enjoyed by hundreds of students
every year in the spring. Our honoree became a liaison between the
ICC and the Art Institute, developing a relationship that has paid
numerous benefits over the years.
Sharing her years of classroom expertise and Latin knowledge with
her fellow teachers, our honoree has given many an ICC workshop –
most recently in Springfield where she provided some pointers on
teaching Ciceronian grammar. As I watched her dissect the most
complex of Ciceronian prose, I marveled at not only the analysis
provided, but also the genuine enthusiasm, passion and appreciation
for a well-constructed piece of work.
Our honoree has also made her mark in the field of publishing,
working with Gilbert Lawall on A TEACHER’S GUIDE TO CICERO. She
recently produced A CICERO WORKBOOK with Jane Crawford for Bolchazy-Carducci,
and is currently working on the TEACHER’S MANUAL for that same text.
These works give evidence to her vast knowledge of every facet of
the AP Cicero syllabus: content, translation, meter, figures of
speech, vocabulary, and literary analysis.
And yet while working on all these projects over the years our
honoree is still a busy wife and mother of two grown children. She
has handled her teaching duties and ICC roles with humility and
dignity befitting a true professional. She is a private and yet
increasingly public person, happily balancing her scholarship with
humanity, perception with a good sense of humor. As her retirement
goes into full swing, she is headed off to teach another term in
Italy this fall.
And so I ask now not for a Ciceronian oration, but a Ciceronian
OVATION as the ICC presents its Lifetime Achievement Award to my
friend and colleague, Judy Hayes.