Allison Goldstein-Berger has been a devoted Latinist since she began studying Latin during high school back in Hamden, Connecticut. Her undergraduate years at Barnard College only furthered her passion for Latin and Ancient Greco-Roman studies, especially while studying with Professors Helene Foley, Kristina Milnor, and Nancy Worman. During those college years in New York City, Allison fell in love with Ancient Greek and Roman tragedies, especially Medea and Thyestes, and was turned on to how many theater companies reinterpret ancient dramas for the modern stage. During college, she also found Latin extremely useful as she advanced her fluency in modern Romance languages, Spanish and Italian!
Another formative Classics experience during college years was studying at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, where Allison continued to explore another area of interest - social status of Roman women and how they exerted their influence in society - particularly through extant ruins, such as the Eumachia building in Pompeii. Allison's senior thesis sought to explain Ancient Roman women's increasing social status over the course of the Roman Empire through applying feminist anthropological-sociological theory. Allison graduated from Barnard in 2005 with a secondary level Latin teaching certificate, thus enabling her to begin working at the Bronx High School of Science in the fall of 2005.
While Allison taught Spanish her very first year of teaching at Bronx Science, during which time she simultaneously pursued a Masters in Spanish: Secondary Education at New York University, over the course of the next six years, until 2012, Allison taught all levels of Latin, including AP Vergil, Catullus, and Ovid, and she even developed a course, "Classics in Translation." This class gave her the opportunity to delve back into her favorite ancient texts like Plato's Symposium, Sappho, and Daphnis and Chloe, among others, and to analyze them through the new eyes of her incredibly gifted and motivated high school students. Allison loved her teaching years in New York City, working with her Latin Club, hosting certamina, and seeing how her own students came to love Latin and the Ancient World, as revealed through their incredible projects and written work. She also always enjoyed sharing examples of "Latin in the Real World" and then hearing how her own students would zealously seek out and document their own instances of "Latin in the Real World." Allison loves how she will still receive emails and messages from former students about how they are "staying Classy-cal."
Allison has been a member of the American Classical League, the New York Classical Club, for which she served as Vice President in 2011-2012, and the Vergilian Society. She has also studied in the Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and excavated in Pompeii near the Stabian Gate under the supervision of Steven Ellis. Allison participated in summer workshops for Latin teachers: one through the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Houses of Mortals and Gods" and another through the Vergilian Society on the AP Vergil curriculum, led by Professor Steven Tuck.