Ms. Rachel Cunning has taught Latin, English, and ESL in both virtual and brick-and-mortar classrooms. In either setting, Ms. Cunning focuses on teaching the whole student and cultivating a classroom atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. She works to promote literacy regardless of the language that she is teaching. Ms. Cunning has also worked on the Kansas Assessment Program developing English Language Arts summative assessments for Kansas in grades 3-10.
Ms. Cunning is the author of two books in Latin and three articles (Cupido et Psyche, Ira Veneris, “Engendering Inclusivity in a Language Classroom,” “Flying the Coop,” and “Lyric Law: Literature Lives in the Legal Realm”). She has also presented at the American Classical League’s summer institute on the relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension in Latin. She was invited to deliver a keynote address titled, “Be the One: Cultivating an Inclusive Classroom” to the American Association of Teachers of Italian National Conference.
Ms. Cunning earned her B.A. in English with a Minor in Classical Antiquity from the University of Kansas where she also received her M.S.Ed focusing on Second Language Acquisition. She met her husband in a Latin class at the University of Kansas. When she is not reading or writing, she is usually covered in dirt from her garden or backpacking in national parks where she is both reading and covered in dirt.
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