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EA's Classics Teacher Receives Prestigious Award

Lee Pearcy, a classics teacher at Episcopal Academy, is one of two teachers across the United States who received the 2012 American Philological Association Precollegiate Teaching Award.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–Dr. Lee Pearcy, a teacher at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square is a recipient of the 2012 American Philological Association Precollegiate Teaching Award. This award is given annually to two teachers from across North America. Dr.

Pearcy was honored for his work in expanding the school’s Classics program and for his inspiring teaching. He has been teaching Latin and Greek at Episcopal since 1985. The Association also singled out his work as APA Vice President for Education and co-leader of the team that wrote the APA’s national Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation.

The award citation describes Pearcy as “a model of the pre-collegiate teacher who, as an active scholar and involved member of the profession, brings a unique talent and perspective to his primary job as a teacher of classics to young people.”

The Episcopal Academy offers a classical liberal education to students from Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Latin is required in seventh and eighth grades, and students in the Upper School may choose to take Latin and Greek. At the grammar levels of Latin instruction, the Academy currently uses a textbook series, New Steps in Latin, co-authored by its faculty under the leadership of Dr. Pearcy. The Episcopal Academy has one of the largest Classics programs in the area.

The award is issued by the Joint American Philological Association-American Classical League Committee on Classics in American Education. These two organizations are the principal societies in North America for fostering the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations, at collegiate and pre-collegiate levels.

Each winner receives a certificate of award and a cash prize and each winner’s institution will receive a stipend to purchase educational resources selected by the winner. Dr. Pearcy will be presented his award at the Annual Meeting of the APA in Seattle, Washington, on January 5, 2013.  

This press release was provided by The Episcopal Academy.

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