Jeffrey Shoup earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in History and English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and immediately stepped into a career of teaching at various area private schools. Shoup has worked with a wide range of ages, from substituting in kindergarten classes to coaching research projects among high school seniors. Beyond Latin, he has taught various middle and high school courses in critical thinking (informal and symbolic logic, debate, rhetoric), history (ancient, Greco-Roman, Biblical, and US), literature (ancient and modern) and language (English grammar). He has also served as a conference presenter and panelist on the topics of ancient philosophy and critical thinking integration for students at the middle and high school level.
“At the start of our modern era, René Descartes wrote these words: Sed quid igitur sum? Res cogitans. Quid est hoc? Nempe dubitans, intelligens, affirmans, negans, volens, nolens, imaginans quoque, et sentiens. That is to say, ‘Yet what therefore am I? “A thinking thing.” What is this? Truly, one that is doubting, realizing, affirming, denying, desiring, refusing, imagining also, and perceiving.’ The mind experiences all these states, and expresses each through language. What Latin unlocks for students at Paragon is, hopefully, a greater perspective on their identity. By studying its vast influence on our own language, its grammatical structure alongside our own, and its accompanying culture which produced glorious triumphs and barbaric horrors, we can better understand our 21st century reality as citizens of our particular local, national, and global communities. Of course, to bring things down to Earth, the benefits of Latin also extend to SAT scores, critical thinking skills, and mastery of modern Romance languages. Excelsior!”