STEVEN HILL, World Languages Department
Q: What do you teach?
A: I teach ancient Latin at Wakefield High School.
Q: What made you decide to teach?
A: A combination of things led me to a career in education. First, I have a gregarious nature and enjoy people; second, I have always had a passion for learning about history, language, and art. This of course, lends itself to wanting to tell everyone about what I have learned!
Q: What does your typical workday look like?
A: In this COVID-19 era, I teach ‘live’ three times a day starting at 8:15 AM and ending at 2:18 PM each day; however, I arise from my slumber at 5:15 AM and arrive in the building daily by around 6:55 AM.
Q: How has virtual learning impacted your job?
A: I have been teaching Latin online since 2015, in addition to my daytime teaching. So, the new part of this situation is teaching live online, as often as the situation demands.
Q: Tell me about your educational background.
A: I was a US Marine from 1986 to 1992. My undergraduate work was completed at East Carolina University, as was graduate studies. My academic labors have focused on history, Latin, and English literature.
Q: What brought you to Wakefield?
A: My wife accepted employment at North Carolina State University, so this prompted our move from Pitt County, North Carolina, to Raleigh.
Q: What do you like most about Wakefield so far?
A: Thus far, everyone has been polite and helpful at Wakefield. This is what I like the most.
Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: I enjoy running and lifting weights and eating good food. And for fun, I get a charge from researching and writing about North Carolina history. I had an article published in the North Carolina History Review, April 2019.
Q: What is your advice for students taking your class(es)?
A: My advice for students who take my classes is be prepared to have fun and do the work ! Laborare est orare.