Please welcome our Assistant Headmaster, Grace Ramsey.
Ms. Ramsey originally hails from the Annapolis, Maryland area, where she graduated from a small K-12 classical school. She is more than happy to testify to the numerous benefits of a classical education! Ms. Ramsey attended Hillsdale College and graduated in 2014 with a cum laude degree in Classical Studies. After college, she worked in Naples, Florida for four years before moving to Arizona in 2018.
Ms. Ramsey has been teaching Latin for classical charter schools since 2014. She has studied Latin ever since sixth grade and particularly loves the literature and history of the Augustan era. She has taught Latin to third grade, twelfth grade, and all grades in between! Ms. Ramsey is excited to transition into administration and serve the teachers and ACA school community as assistant headmaster. She is currently earning a graduate degree in Humanities through the University of Dallas.
Her degree program focuses on applying the humanities to classical education, and she is delighted to deepen her knowledge so she can further serve families through classical schools. She is thrilled to join a community in Fort Collins that is as passionate for classical education as she is!
In her spare time, Ms. Ramsey enjoys taking care of her many houseplants and finding new recipes to try. She is an avid tea and coffee drinker and has yet to meet a hot sauce that scared her. Music is dear to Ms. Ramsey’s heart, and she loves to sing in a choir as well as play the piano and clarinet. Ms. Ramsey also loves to travel and believes it is rewarding for both personal and academic growth. She has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean and enjoyed experiencing local culture and foods in each place. She hopes to be able to expand that list to include east Asian countries as soon as it is safe to travel again!
We asked Ms. Ramsey a few questions to better acquaint our parents with her. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Ramsey to our team!
What is your favorite book and why?
Impossible to choose! One of the joys of classical education is its emphasis on the timeless things: I’ve had the pleasure to add to my ‘favorites’ through the years while still re-reading and loving classics from my childhood. Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, and Dianna Wynne Jones have honored places on my bookshelf. I have a particular love for Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13, a delightful children’s novel about a stolen prince, a secret island, a rescue quest, and magic. Although I might be tempted to analyze its literary qualities to explain precisely why it satisfies me so, I won’t spoil its delights for future readers – all I will say is that it earns its place in the hall of modern fairy tales.
Why do you love classical education?
Classical education is near and dear to my heart because it is the gift my parents were blessed to choose for me in my own childhood. To be consciously trained for the love and pursuit of universal truth, goodness, and beauty is a noble and weighty thing. This training has been my anchor as I grew into adulthood and have come to understand more about the nature of man and the nature of our world. What happens around us in our homes, communities, and nations is deeply influenced by philosophy, ideology, history, and human nature. Classical education instructs the student in all of these, and trains her to seek out goodness and the right way of living wherever it can be found. I love classical education for its emphasis on these things as the true means of happiness, and I am honored to pass on this gift I received to the next generation!
What hobbies do you have outside of school?
I am quite the houseplant enthusiast and have over 50 different specimens in my collection! I continue to be amazed at the variety in shapes, colors, and textures in the plant world, as well as their durability and determination to flourish wherever they can. It’s also a forgiving hobby for someone who gets busy and may forget to water the gang once in a while. Some of the highlights of my collection are my calathea musaica and watermelon peperomia – check out how amazing their leaves are! I also love playing board and card games with family and friends. Two of my favorites are Set and Splendor. If you haven’t had the chance to play either of them, I would definitely recommend them for the next family game night!
What is your favorite place you have visited and why was it your favorite place?
Charleston, South Carolina is one of my favorite places in the world. Since my grandparents live there, I spent a lot of time in my childhood visiting the city, playing on the nearby beaches, and sailing in the harbor. It is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, with some of the best food in the Lowcountry! Though I have visited many other cities since then, Charleston has always held a special place in my heart.