University of Michigan, 2017, major in Musical Theatre, minor in Latin. 3.97 GPA, graduated with 8 semester University Honors, William Branstrom Freshman Prize (2014), James B. Angell Scholar (2015, 2016, 2017), Valedictorian, Derryfield High School, Bedford, New Hampshire, Score of 5 on AP Latin Exam.
Daniel grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire, where he spent most of his time pursuing two passions: musical theatre and academics. He performed throughout his childhood, working with professional theatre companies and taking a variety of dance and vocal classes. Simultaneously, he strove to fuel his love of learning by applying himself academically to a wide breadth of subjects throughout his middle and high school years. Latin became a second passion of Daniel’s in high school where he followed an accelerated course of study. He covered the fundamentals in a summer course so he could advance quickly and tackle more challenging material. By his junior year, he was studying AP Latin.
Daniel specifically chose to study at Michigan because the course of study for Musical Theatre, while artistically intensive and far-reaching, also gave students the flexibility to continue studying other topics outside of theatre. Daniel seized upon that flexibility to continue his study of Latin, working in college to translate a variety of different works, from poetry and histories to Roman comedies. In one course, he translated an ancient Roman play and subsequently performed the play in the original Latin!
Since graduating from Michigan, Daniel has performed in several professional productions at regional theaters in Massachusetts and South Carolina, and has been teaching Latin to a number of middle and high school students at all levels. His teaching philosophy is first and foremost to create a comfortable and personalized environment for each student, in which she or he methodically builds upon their existing knowledge base, feels encouraged to ask questions and make mistakes, and where feedback about the learning and teaching process is always welcome. He strongly believes that a solid grammatical foundation is essential for learning Latin and gaining mastery of the language, and therefore his teaching methodology is grammatically based. Daniel also finds that understanding the work being translated is of great importance since each author writes in a slightly different way, which affects the overall approach to achieve a cohesively meaningful translation. In general, he loves teaching because it is unendingly inspiring to watch students grow, and because it provides him constant opportunity to continue learning.
While not translating wonderfully dusty old transcripts, you might find Daniel humming, singing, or generally making music. He also loves to cook (Indian and Thai food are his favorite cuisines), and is always looking for new podcasts and books—and he welcomes recommendations!