Matt Kostovny

Latin Educator

Educator and seeker of Latin knowledge.

I am PA certified to and have taught Latin for four years. I am a graduate from Westminster College with a BA in Latin and History. I taught Latin 1 and 2 at Notre Dame de La Salette from 2006-2008. I earned my teacher’s certification from School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. I used the knowledge and skills learned at Pitt in my 2 years of service at Butler Area Intermediate and Senior High Schools teaching Latin 1 and 2. While there I began to integrate technology into my lessons in order that I could more effectively engage, teach and meet each student at their particular learning level.

Personal Information

Date of birth
October 7th, 1981
707 Eastman St
West Mifflin, PA 15122
412 401 9318


2011 - June 2012

Latin Teacher @ Butler Area School District

from 2011 to June 2012

Butler, PA

• Taught Latin I, II which included both gifted as well as students with special needs
• Incorporated a plethora of language learning methods to meet curriculum goals and standards
• Integrated technology (e.g. PowerPoint) into my lessons to better reach all learning levels
• Developed and led staff-development meeting based on BER seminar
• Served on “Best Practices Committee” for Foreign Language Curriculum Review
• Compiled report entitled “Best Foreign Language Teaching Practices” for curriculum review

2010 - 2011

Student Teacher @ Upper St. Clair High School

from 2010 to 2011

Upper St. Clair, PA

• Taught Latin I, II, and III
• Sang in Staff Infections: high school’s staff choir

2006 - 2008

Teacher @ Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy

from october 2009 to 2010

Georgetown, IL

• Sang in Staff Infections: high school’s staff choir
• Established and sustained positive and long-lasting relationships with my students and their parents
• Participated as:
• Faculty Adviser to the Class of 2009
• Adviser for the student-run newspaper
• Yearbook Adviser
• Track Team Manager
• School’s Organist and Choir Director
• Announcer of sporting and non sporting events


2007 - 2009

University of Pittsburgh, School of Education

from 2007 to 2009

2009-2010 Professional Year Program for PA Instructional Certificate I

• University of Pittsburgh, School of Education
• Class of 2010, Graduate

1999 - 2004

Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

from 1999-2004

1999-2004 Bachelor of Arts, Latin and History; Music Minor

• Class of 2004, Graduate
• GPA: 3.506, cum Laude

Skills and Additional Information

Computer Skills

ActiveStudio Professional Promethean Board Edline GradeQuick MS Office Products (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.) Apple iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand)


American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) American Classical League Eta Sigma Phi, Latin Honorary Eta Sigma Phi, Latin Honorary Phi Alpha Theta, History Honorary Pi Sigma Pi, Westminster College Honorary


Mr. Kostovny has displayed an attitude and work ethic that have allowed him to completely meld into the diverse World Language Department. He is competent with the curriculum and uses strong interaction techniques with students as well as infectious enthusiam to engage students in his classes. Mr. Kostovny must be tired at the end of each as he expends a great deal of energy in his instruction.

-Dr. John Wyllie | Principal of Butler Intermediate High School

Mr. Matthew Kostovny possesses the qualities necessary to be successful as a teacher: intellectual curiosity, dynamic personality, a love of his students and an expansive enthusiasm

Rev. Fr. Michael McMahon | Headmaster of Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy

Matthew Kostovny's greatest strength is his enthusiasm, both for Latin and teaching, and his willingness to learn. He is willing to work hard for himself and to collaborate with others

Constantina Lardas | Latin Teacher at Upper St. Clair High School


Movies Bicycling Jogging History-Based Video games Organ Playing Acting Latin Politics Latin Hat Collecting Traveling Singing


A Latin II Final Essay:

Quinte, quid accidit? (Quintus, what happened?)

“Deadly Struggles”

Poster and Presentation

Four-leaf Clover of Verbs:

A St. Patrick’s Day Grammatical Decoration

Teaching Latin Grammar:

The Prepositional Phrase

Introducing Vocabulary

Ecce Romani, Chapter 8

Vocabulary/Grammar Practice Packet

Instruction in Motion

teaching Latin (video)

Assessing Vocabulary

with Two Examples

Assessing Grammar

Latin I Final

Grammar Instruction


Why Latin?

August 15

Why should Latin continue to be taught in the 21st Century?


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