Jason Pedicone, the co-founder and President of the Paideia Institute, received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 2013. Jason has taught courses in Latin, Greek, and the history of Classical Scholarship at the university level in the U.S. and Western Europe, and is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Fordham University. Jason’s research and public speaking focus on public humanities and Latin and Greek pedagogy. Jason received a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Germany in 2004, and a Jacob Javits Fellowship in 2013 to support his graduate work. In 2015, together with Paideia's co-founder, Eric Hewett, Jason was awarded the President’s Award by the Society for Classical Studies for outstanding achievements in promoting the study of Classics. He lives in Manhattan.
Claire Cunningham is the Managing Editor of In Medias Res. She has a degree in Art History from UC Berkeley, and her love of Greek statuary is what brought her to Paideia's door back in 2013, when she worked as an intern writing forLoci in Locis. She then continued with Paideia for several years directing its European programming, eventually leaving to finish her MA in English Literature at the Università Ca' Foscari. When she is not helping manageIn Medias Resor assisting with other publications, she can be found working on her own independent writing projects.
Ilias Kolokouris is a Ph.D. student in Classics and Modern Greek Literature at the University of Athens and New College, Oxford. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master's Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. Master's thesis on Politeness Strategies and Gender in Refusals to Invitation - how to teach refusals to learners of modern greek. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, for the Modern Greek Language Centre of the University of Athens and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. He also teaches at the Living Greek in Greece Highschool Program. His current research focuses on the reception of ancient Greek literature within modern greek Aestheticism prose and British Decadence in Oxford. Translation of "Women of Homer" by Oscar Wilde into modern Greek, will be published by Kastaniotis Publications in 2021. "Modern Greek For Classicists" from Paideia Press in 2020.
Allegra is the institute's Marketing Manager, as well as an alumna of Paideia's Living Greek in Greece and Summer Humanities Internship programs. In 2021 she earned her B.A. in Art History from Barnard College, where she wrote a thesis investigating the museum store as an apparatus of cultural capital and commodity fetishism. An occasional tutor of Ancient Greek history and literature, she is passionate about art and aesthetics from the Classical to the contemporary.
Cecilegraduated from the University of Chicago in 2019 with an AB in Classical Studies. Her interests include Roman archaeology and art history, and she hopes to work as a museum educator in the future. She is an alumna of 2017 Living Latin in Rome program.
Fernando completed a master's in Ancient Philology from the Polis Institute of Languages and Humanities and a master's in Classics from the Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds an M.A. degree in Literary Studies and a B.A. in Ancient Greek from the Federal University of Parana. Fernando has been teaching Greek since 2008, and his research interests are focused on the history of education, platonism, self-knowledge in antiquity, and second language acquisition.
Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.A. in Latin and the College Scholar Program, and wrote a thesis for the latter on the Old Saxon Heliand poem, a 6,000 line alliterative verse epic retelling of the New Testament. He additionally received minors in German, religious studies, and medieval studies, and some of his scholarly passions include Greek and Latin Patristics, Biblical Hebrew, and Anglo-Saxon England. During his time as a student, he helped run Cornell’s undergraduate society for medieval scholarship, played in performances of Ancient Greek tragedy, and participated in reading groups in Latin and Old Norse. He is an alumnus of the 2017 Living Greek in Greece program.
Jonathan Meyer holds degrees from Calvin College, Yale University, and the University of Kentucky, where he took part in the active Latin program at the Institute for Latin Studies. He is primarily interested in Latin of the Renaissance to the modern period. He was a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, and a fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck, Austria. He also studied under Reginald Foster. Since 2014 he has been an instructor for Living Latin in Rome and has taught occasional courses for Telepaideia. He is currently the primary instructor for Paideia's Rome fellowship.
Emily is a Latin teacher, private tutor, and curriculum designer with over a decade of experience working with all age groups. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bard College and her master’s degree at the University of Georgia, where she was a Richard A. LaFleur Teaching Scholar and a Sally Camp Scholar.
Chikondi Medson teaches classics at the University of Malawi. Originally from a rural village in Malawi, Chikondi is an alumnus of the Accademia Vivarium Novum. While in Rome, he attended undergraduate courses at the Università Pontificia Salesiana, where he graduated from in June, 2016, defending his dissertation entitled "Senecae Locus In Philosophia Stoica: De Hominis Libertate Fato Universa Regente." His interests include Seneca's Stoicism, Patristic literature and Lucian.
A native of Rome, Marco Romani Mistretta studied Classics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and received a PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University before joining the Paideia Institute. He currently directs the Institute's European branch and oversees all financial reporting, including income statements, balance sheets, and annual budgets. Besides being the author of several research publications, he has taught a number of courses on ancient languages, Greek and Roman literatures, and science in antiquity. He peer-reviews articles for Sage Business Cases and regularly lectures at Rome's Sapienza University.
Before Luca became the bookkeeper for the Italian branch of the Paideia Institute, he graduated with a degree in Business Studies and Foreign Languages (English, French and Spanish) in Rome. He held several jobs (sales assistant, warehouseman, secretary) before working in a tax service center and then at an accounting firm. In his free time he loves to go to the cinema, travel, take photos and, when the weather is nice, do some trekking.
Gabriela is a researcher, translator and humanist with 10 years of experience in international digital media. At companies like Google and BuzzFeed her roles have included business development, operations, and strategy & analytics. Other recent work includes translating a book from Italian into English; editing literature in translation; and fund-raising activities for arts and media non-profits. Gabriela graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Classics, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree from NYU in the experimental humanities. She sits on the board of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation, a New York-based international development NGO. Thanks to time spent living in Italy and Brazil, Gabriela speaks Italian and Portuguese; she loves to play volleyball and unearth the inner workings of New York City. She believes strongly in the importance of the humanities to illuminate a path forward in these challenging times, and in the value of bringing academic thought and process into the world beyond the academy.
After almost a decade of teaching languages, Jamel left the classroom to focus on writing curriculum. Jamel developed materials for the Aequora program, served as a subject matter expert for the Institute's Summer Humanities Internship in 2017, and joined as a full time curriculum designer for 2018. She holds degrees in Classics and Letters from the University of Oklahoma and is pursuing a M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University. Outside classics and linguistics, Jamel is particularly interested in Irish archaeology and literature. She lives near Washington, DC with her husband, young son, and feisty calico.
Gabrielle has a BA in Philosophy and French from Pepperdine University and a MA in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College. She has taught in classical elementary schools across the country for over a decade. After studying Latin at the University College of Cork during the summer of 2012, she fell in love with the Latin language. She returned to work developing a Latin program in a start-up classical school. She was later hired as an elementary teacher and curriculum coordinator for a classical school in New York City. While there, she attended the Living Latin conference in New York City in 2018 and enjoyed the extra pedagogical training. Later while working at the Naval Academy Primary School, she began an Aequora site offering Latin instruction to elementary students after school. During the pandemic, she offered online Latin tutoring to students in various educational contexts. She now specializes in Latin instruction at the Key School in Annapolis, MD. Gabrielle looks forward to making Latin instruction more teacher friendly and engaging for elementary schools. She is passionate about encouraging Latin instruction in diverse school settings, and sharing her love for language and learning with others.
Megan Buick is the Online Programs Manager at the Paideia Institute. She studied Classics in Latin at the University of Iowa and under Reginald Foster in Milwaukee and has a Masters degree from Boston college in Philosophy & Theology.
Eleonora graduated in Communication Sciences at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2015. The same year she attended a Course in Religious Information at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. In 2018, she obtained a Master Degree in Social and Institutional Communication. She gained experience as an intern at the Communications Office of the Pontifical University in Rome and at COMECE in Brussels. She also volunteered as a communication specialist at some church events in Italy, abroad and in the Vatican City State.
CQ Wilder is a graduate from George Mason University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and a M.ED. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in ESL. She first worked with Paideia in 2016 as a literacy consultant for the Aequora curriculum, and she now manages the Legion Project. Currently, she teaches academic writing to English Language Learners at a community college in Maryland. Moreover, she has over a decade of experience in early childhood education and is also a ghostwriter and published author. In her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with her dog Karla, and help others.
Sara graduated in 2018 from the University of Aosta Valley in Languages and Communication for Business and Tourism. In 2016 she spent one year in France, attending the University of Savoy Mont Blanc in Chambery, which allowed her to get a double major in French. In 2017 she did a 5-month internship in Valencia (Spain), working as a receptionist in a hostel. She also has experience working as a hostess for international events. Sara's passions include languages, travels, and sports. She currently lives in Civitavecchia, near Rome, even though her origins are tied to the mountains around the Aosta Valley.
Emma Daniel and is a recent college graduate from New York City. She graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York in the spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin and a minor in classical studies. While at Hunter, she was awarded the Athena Scholarship as well as the Solomon Bluhm Scholarship in classics. Emma tutored other college students in ancient Greek while at Hunter and was awarded the Josephine Earle Greek Prize upon graduating. Since graduating, she plans on expanding her Greek and Latin teaching experience in preparation to continue her education in classics at the graduate level in the future. Emma is particularly interested in the field of Greek and Latin translation and hopes to complete some of her own translations in the future, with a focus on early Latin church writings and the Greek New Testament. In addition to Greek and Latin, Emma is also interested in modern languages and has some basic knowledge of Spanish, German, and French. She is currently working part time in the design field as she hopes to pursue her artistic interests as well as her passion for ancient languages. Emma continues to reside in New York City.
Aminata Hughes has a B.A. in History with minors in Classical Civilization and Secondary Education from Saint Peter’s University. Her love of the classics was nurtured at The Brooklyn Latin School, where she earned a perfect paper on The National Latin Exam during her freshman year. As an undergraduate, she played Jocasta in Oedipus Rex as part of her university’s Greek Theater Project. Outside of the classics, she enjoys camping, Japanese comics and winning at trivia.
Julia Donahue is a writer and recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting and Classics & Archaeology. For her secondary major, she graduated with the honor of Program Scholar. Julia enjoys traveling and has spent significant time in Budapest, Hungary, where she studied film production and screenwriting; in Greece, where she studied modern Greek history; and in Cannes, France, where she worked at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. Outside of classics, Julia enjoys literature and comedy writing.
Antonia was born and raised in Rome. She obtained her MA degree in Art History at the Sapienza University of Rome, with a dissertation focusing on the history of medieval miniature painting and the history of art criticism. During her MA internship she had the opportunity to work at the Vallicelliana, one of Rome's most iconic historical libraries, where her job was to produce written descriptions of medieval illuminated manuscripts in the local collection. She has recently started collaborating with the Vatican Library, where is currently cataloguing some of Federico da Montefeltro’s illuminated manuscripts. Additionally, thanks to her great passion for modern British literature, Antonia started to learn English at a very young age, and she spent time in New Zealand and the UK in order to improve her language skills. During her academic career she has had the chance to combine her various passions and interests, focusing on topics such as art and the Medieval era, illuminated manuscripts, the English Gothic Revival and English literature.
Christopher Childers has a BA in Classics (2005) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry (2016) from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. In between, from 2005-2014, he taught Classics and Creative Writing at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE. He is currently in the tenth and, hopefully, final year of translating an anthology of Greek and Latin Lyric Poetry: from Archilochus to Martial, under contract with Penguin Classics. Some of his verse translations, from Greek, Latin, and French, can be found here: https://www.literarymatters.org/author/chrischilders/. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Amanda earned a B.A. in Classics and History with a minor in Modern Greek Studies from San Francisco State University. She holds an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona and wrote her master's thesis on Nabatean funerary practices, for which she earned an outstanding thesis award. While taking a hiatus from the world of Classics, she had the privilege of working as a Special Education teacher in Washington and Arizona public schools. Amanda's current interests include learning Modern Greek and reading New Testament Koine Greek. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, three rambunctious sons, and sleepy Bluetick Coonhound.
Kristen is Paideia’s Programs Manager, as well as an instructor for Telepaideia.
Alongside her work at the Institute, she is writing a Ph.D. dissertation on poet Guido Cavalcanti’s afterlife in 15th century Florentine philosophy (UC Berkeley, Italian Studies). Before going to grad school, she lived and studied for several years in Rome, where she also worked for Paideia’s European branch.
She is a devotee of literature, philosophy, and art — especially of the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance — and is fascinated by Aby Warburg’s approach to Antiquity’s “survivals.” She currently lives in Maryland.
David Hewett is Paideia’s Outreach Manager for Classical Tours, as well as instructor in Telepaideia. He has an M.A. in Classics (2009) from the University of Virginia and began a dissertation there on Seneca’s Epistulae Morales, before starting his position at Paideia. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens (2011-12), a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Spring 2005), and holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Dickinson College (2006). In addition to this formal education, he studied with Reginald Foster in Rome (2006-07). He lives in Frederick, Maryland.
His teaching in the Institute's Telepaideia program currently focuses on Latin Historiography.