About Ascanius: The Board of Directors

Mrs. Kristen B. Bortner
Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Chair, Marketing & Development Committee

Mrs. Kristen Bortner has been involved with Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute since 2002 when she taught at a LatinSummer program in Augusta County, Virginia. She has thirteen years' experience developing innovative teaching materials, delivering teacher workshops, and serving as both a teacher and administrator at Ascanius' enrichment camps for elementary and middle school children. For a decade, she has served on the Board of Directors of Ascanius, and she also currently serves as the Marketing & Development Committee Chair. Mrs. Bortner holds a Bachelor's degree in Classics from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree in Literacy Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she stays home with her toddler; previously, she taught Latin for eleven years in public schools in Virginia, Missouri, and Illinois.

Douglas Bunch Mr. S. Douglas Bunch
Board of Directors

Doug Bunch is an attorney at the Washington, DC law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor's degree in Government and Latin. He also served as Campaign Director for a member of the Virginia General Assembly. Mr. Bunch is also a 2003 graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, from which he holds a Master's degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. At Harvard, he was a member of the Education and Law Society, and served as an intern in the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, where he worked closely with attorneys to enforce federal laws that protect students from discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, and disability.

Mr. Bunch's professional involvements include membership in the Classical Association of Virginia, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and the American Classical League. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and and is Chairman of Global Playground, Inc., an organization dedicated to building schools and funding other educational projects in developing countries.

Ms. S. Suzanne Henrich
Board of Directors

Ms. Suzanne Henrich is a Latin teacher at Boston Latin Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Classics from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and a Master's degree in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mr. William Gibson
Elementary School Consultant

Will Gibson is a third grade teacher at Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia located near Washington DC. He studied Latin throughout high school and in college where he graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Latin and Math. In college, Mr. Gibson was invited to join Eta Sigma Phi, the Honorary Society for Classical Studies.

From the start of his career, Mr. Gibson included his understanding of Latin in his classroom. He primarily did this through connecting roots in common words to their Latin meanings to help students learn to decode more advanced academic vocabulary. He got involved with Ascanius after participating in the Roman Explorations program during the summer of 2013. Mr. Gibson now runs a Latin afterschool club at his elementary school and is always on the lookout for new ways to bring Latin and the Roman culture into his classroom.

Mr. Kevin S. Jefferson
Board of Directors
Chair, Technology & Social Media Committee

Mr. Kevin Jefferson is a graduate student and teaching assistant for the Department of Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, he was Latin teacher and Latin Club sponsor at Woodgrove High School in Loudoun County, Virginia. He now directs the Latin Tournament of the Classical Association of Virginia. Mr. Jefferson formerly served as Director of Student Programs for Ascanius, in which role he helped to design, organize, and coordinate both the major LatinSummer programs and smaller student outreach programs. He is also the author of the newly revised Activitates Liberis series, volumes 1-2. His professional memberships include the Classical Association of Virginia, the Foreign Language Association of Virginia, and the American Classical League. His personal interests include music, mythology, spoken Latin, and epic poetry.

Ms. Irene Morrison-Moncure
Board of Directors
Chair, LatinSummer Online Committee

Irene Morrison-Moncure is a graduate student in the PhD program in Classics at The City University of New York. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2011 and currently teaches at Hunter College. She has been with Ascanius since 2012 and in the past has worked with the LatinSummer and Roman Explorers student programs. Her interests include the Augustan age and Lucan and she recently participated in the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome.

Mr. Matthew D. Webb
Board of Directors
Chair, Teacher Programs Committee

Mr. Matthew Webb is a Latin instructor for The Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Maryland, and a Master's degree in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This fall, he will begin working towards a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has also studied at The American University of Rome.

Mr. Webb has dedicated his career to modernizing Latin programs, to bringing Latin to underserved populations, to crafting supportive learning environments, and to working to develop and mentor new teachers. He has taught for almost fifteen years on the elementary through collegiate levels in the public and private schools of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Mr. Webb's professional involvements include memberships in various local, regional, and national organizations including the American Classical League and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. He has also served as Chair of the Excellence Through Classics for Elementary and Middle School Levels Committee, Member of the Exploratory Latin Exam Committee, Member of the National Latin Exam Writing Committee, and Founder/Emeritus Member of the Medusa Mythology Exam Committee.

Mr. Bryan Whitchurch
Board of Directors

Bryan Whitchurch taught Latin for six years in a number of locations including the DC metro area (Battlefield High School), in Boston (Boston Latin School), and in New York City at Brooklyn Latin School. He holds a Bachelor's degree in History with minors in Latin and Greek from Utah State University as well as a Master's degree in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to a deep commitment to the study and application of ancient language pedagogy as well as spoken Latin, his research interests include education in antiquity and poverty in antiquity. He has recently begun to pursue the latter of these interests as a PhD student in the Classics program at Fordham University. To read more about him and his materials, visit magisterwhitchurch.net.

Mrs. Kelly Workman
Elementary School Consultant

Mrs. Kelly Workman currently is the elementary gifted educator at the Warrensburg R-VI School District in Warrensburg, Missouri. Mrs. Workman started her professional educational career teaching second grade in Warrensburg in 2001. Then she taught sixth grade Language Arts at Warrensburg Middle School for six years before moving into her current position. Warrensburg is located about 45 miles east of Kansas City and is home to the University of Central Missouri; it is also about 10 miles west of Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 stealth bombers.

Mrs. Workman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Missouri (then Central Missouri State University) with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education in 2001. She graduated summa cum laude with a Master's degree in School Administration from William Woods University in 2004. Additionally, she completed gifted focus courses from the University of Missouri to earn gifted certification in Missouri in 2009.

As an elementary gifted educator, Mrs. Workman enjoys learning more in order to be a more effective teacher for her students. She regularly takes workshops and graduate classes to further her knowledge of technology integration, as well as about gifted education. In the summer of 2013, she attended the Let's Learn Latin! workshop sponsored by Ascanius, and is excited to be implementing Latin curriculum with her gifted students. She also serves on the Gifted Association of Missouri Board of Directors as the Director of District B.