Welcome, Magistra Cefalo!

Latin teacher Patricia Cefalo.Photo: Crystal Garrity

Patricia Cefalo is the newest Latin teacher here at ARHS. Her students call her Magistra, which is the Latin word for “teacher.”  

Cefalo began studying Latin in high school, then added Ancient Greek to her studies. She was drawn to the language by “some good teachers,” but said she has long loved the Latin and Greek languages. “I have always been intrigued by the myriad connections which can be drawn to the language we speak and the world we live in today,” Cefalo said.

She initially wanted to work at ARHS because she enjoys interacting with young people.  “I firmly believe in the importance of a good education,” she said, “and I wanted to contribute my passion for solid and interdisciplinary learning to the teaching profession.”  

Before working at ARHS, Cefalo taught at Boston Latin Academy, Waltham High School, Wayland High School, The MacDuffie School, and The Gardner High School.

So far Cefalo is setting right in. “It has been a wonderful experience joining the ARHS community,” she said. “Both colleagues and students have accepted me warmly and respectfully.”

Cefalo’s goal as a teacher is to set high standards for her students, but in such a way that they, in return, set high standards for themselves. “I am always trying to make connections between what students are learning in my classroom to what they are learning and experiencing in their world,” said Cefalo.

Cefalo is a lover of words. In her free time, she enjoys doing The New York Times crossword puzzle and playing Scrabble. 

“I am currently intrigued by a game called Spelling Bee,” said Cefalo, “which is also offered by The New York Times.”

Cefalo is also interested in cooking. For four years she owned and was a head chef at a restaurant in Central Mass. These days she still sometimes caters events. However, she prefers to cook for friends and family. 

If Cefalo could talk to her 18 year old self, she would tell her not to be limited by her “background or gender.”

Cefalo’s advice to aspiring teachers is something she heard the principal of the first school she worked at say. “Remember, you have no business here, except for the kids.” It worked for her!