Holly Coty



  • Master of Arts Degree in Classics – Stanford University, 2006
    • Ph.D. Candidacy in Classics, Minor in Comparative Literature, ABD
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Classics (highest honors) – U.C. Santa Cruz, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, English Literature (highest honors) – U.C. Santa Cruz, 1995
    • Phi Beta Kappa, UCSC
  • Other related education:
    • Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom, Bay Area Writing Project, UC Berkeley, Summer 2007.
    • AP® Latin Workshop, Pacific AP Institute, Summer 2003.
    • Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University, Summer 2001.

Professional Employment, Activities, and Affiliations

  • Teacher and Department Head (Foreign Languages and School of Rhetoric Humanities), Live Oak Academy, July 2011 – Present. Courses taught: Latin 3, 4, AP; Introduction to Greek; Humanities (History and Language Arts), 10th-12th grades, AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition.
  • Latin and English Teacher, Menlo School, Atherton, CA. 2005-2011. Latin 3, AP Latin, 10th and 12th grade English.
  • Latin Teacher, Live Oak Academy, San Jose, CA 2006-2008 (part-time): Lat. 4 & AP
  • Latin Teacher, Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, CA. 2000-2004. All levels.
  • Instructor, Intensive Intermediate Greek and Latin, University of Notre Dame, Summer 2000.
  • Instructor/graduate student teaching in Classics, Stanford University, 1997-2004.
  • Private Latin and Greek instruction to homeschool families, independent studies. 1992-current.
  • Vice-President, California Classical Association (North), 2011-present. Executive Board member, Secretary, 2007- 2010.
  • Junior Classical League Sponsor, Live Oak Academy JCL, 2011-current.
  • Junior Classical League Co-Sponsor, Menlo School JCL, 2005-2011.
  • Co-organizer, Writer’s Week, Menlo School, 2007-2011.
  • W ASC Coordinator, Pacific Collegiate School, 2001-2002.
  • Department Librarian, Department of Classics, Stanford Univ., Dec. 1995-Dec.1998.
  • Organized and guided student travel to: Italy, Greece, the Mediterranean, England and Paris. 2003, 2008-2011. Focus on Mediterranean antiquity and the medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods of European history, culture, and art.
  • Member: American Philological Association, American Classical League, California Classical Association, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)


  • Homeschooled student, 1987-1992.