Meet the Classics Faculty

Lisa Parente

Mrs. Parente first started learning Latin in the 5th grade and immediately was drawn to the logical nature of the language. She enjoyed the first few years of learning to decline nouns, conjugate verbs, and expand her English vocabulary with derivatives, but she really loved Latin once she started to read its literature. Her favorite class in high school was her junior year course reading Catullus and Ovid, and after this class she knew she’d continue with Latin through college. Mrs. Parente majored in Classical Languages at Davidson and worked as a TA for introductory Latin courses. She spent her last semester of college working as a student teacher at North Mecklenburg high school, for which work she was awarded the William B. Hight, Jr. award for promise in education. After graduation, Mrs. Parente started teaching Latin in high schools and simultaneously began working towards her master’s in Latin from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; she completed this degree in December 2015.

If you could have dinner with one person from Classical antiquity, who would it be and why?

It’s hard to pick just one person, but lately I would choose Martial. After reading his epigrams, I think his sense of humor would keep us entertained long past one meal!

Who is your favorite ancient author and why?

My favorite author is definitely Ovid. I try to teach stories from his Metamorphoses every year, and I always start with a unit on Daedalus and Icarus, a touching tale of a father’s love for his son.

Where is your favorite place to travel to and why?

I took a trip through Greece in the summer of 2013 and my favorite place was Delphi. The views from the side of the mountain were incredible and I loved climbing the trail up through the historical sites.