Oxford, Ohio

The American Classical League is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Watkins Latin Teacher Award is Janene C. Mattingly of Washington, Illinois. The award was established by Dr. Dwight G. Watkins in memory of his wife, who taught Latin at Oak Hills High School in Ohio.  The $500 award can be used as the recipient sees fit.  Applicants must have taught Latin for at least three years at the K-12 level and be certified in their own states in Latin. Mattingly, who teaches at East Peoria Community High school, is a 28-year veteran and ACL member who has long been active in the Illinois Classical Conference.  Active, too, in her school, she has advised the school's National Honor Society for 20 years and coached cheerleading for more than a decade.  Principal Paul Whittington called Mattingly "a model of fairness and integrity" under whose leadership "the Latin program continues to maintain its enrollment numbers  and flourishes even though the school offers two other language options."
      Friend and colleague Cathleen R. Bartlow said Mattingly is "a witty, sincere, and caring human being" whose classroom projects, including a trial of Caligula, challenge and delight her students. 
      To request an application form for the Watkins Award, contact the American Classical League, Miami University, 422 Wells Mill Drive, Oxford, OH 45056; 513-529-7741, fax 513-529-7742; www.aclclassics.or