Uniquely taught: Baton Rouge teacher wins Louisiana teacher of the year

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Math, reading, science, crafts and Roman history are all incorporated in Mrs. Roy’s unique classroom.

Mrs. Nathalie Roy of Glasgow Middle School was named ‘Louisiana’s 2021 Teacher of the Year’.

“I am equal parts thrilled and terrified,” Mrs. Roy laughed off.

The middle school teacher believes her unique course, Latin Roman Technology and Mythmakers, is a big contribution to her win.

Mrs. Roy says she is one of the few in the country who teach this course and believes the only educator who teaches Latin Roman Technology and Mythmakers at the middle school level.

“About three or four years ago I got the STEM bug. I wanted to contribute STEM activities into what I was already teaching,” Roy said. “We recreate the product and processes of the ancient Romans and their daily life through experimental archaeology.”

Mrs. Roy was first hired as a part-time Latin teacher at Glasgow Middle, however once she pitched the idea of a Latin Roman Technology course, the school allowed Roy to teach full time as they agreed the class brings something unique to the table.

“It’s a different way to teach mythology,” Roy said.

While the course is hands-on, Roy has been planning since the summer to shift her classroom online.

Roy created take-home kits for her students. The kits have all the supplies they need to follow video instructions to create their Latin Roman Technology projects at home.

“We’re adapting, it’s sad we can’t use actual tools yet, but the kids understand that, and they are being wonderful,” Roy said. “I love my students, and we have fun everyday in class no matter what; We are always doing something.”

Over the years Mrs.Roy’s students have made Roman shields, learn to cut stones, create pottery with kilns and more.

“When I teach this class, my heart and my mind are alive.”

Roy has been teaching for three years at Glasgow Middle School and has 29 years of teaching overall.

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