Curious Alumni: Bryant Holt

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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:45

Bryant Holt, 2018 CLRS Graduate

 

Majors: Classics and Religious Studies

What is your job title, and what does it involve?
Currently, I am a 5th grade teacher at Golden View Classical Academy in Golden, CO. Golden View is a K-12 school which uses a classical curriculum. The purpose of classical education is to not only teach the mind, but to also form the hearts of the students. This is done through a content-rich curriculum and Socratic dialogue.

What sparked your interest in your major(s) or area(s) of study?
I had been interested in taking Latin since high school. I took Latin 1 with Dr. Lippman, and was immediately sold. He was one of the first professors I had who valued learning and growth as a human over merely passing with a good grade. The size of the classics department was also attractive. I was able to know my professors and classmates on a deeper, more intimate level, which made discussions and learning far more engaging and applicable.

What is the value of your areas of study?
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― Aristotle, Metaphysics

How did you get to where you are now and how did your education help?
Throughout college I knew that teaching was the career I wanted to pursue, although I was not an education major. However, my brother was, and still is, teaching at a classical school. I heard from him that Golden View was hiring, and was a great school to work for. After graduation I applied and was accepted. Everyday I apply my degree. Of course, studying classics translates well to teaching at a classical school. Nonetheless, my degree taught me to think well, how to learn well, and to be able to apply what I have previously learned in order to master new challenges. As I lead my students through content and conversation each day, I am continually pulling from my education as I seek to impart knowledge and virtue onto them.