Taking young minds seriously

Dr. Nicholas Newman

Dr. Nicholas Newman was born in Switzerland where he spent his childhood years before moving to the United States.  Dr. Newman earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire in 2008, majoring in Ancient Greek and Classics; his M.A. from the University of Zurich in 2011 in Greek Literature and Linguistics and Latin Literature and History of the Middle Ages; and his Ph.D from the University of Zurich in Ancient Greek Literature.

Newman was previously on the faculty of Northeast Catholic College where he taught several Latin courses and a Humanities class.  He has also taught mythology, German, and all levels of Greek.  In addition to English, Dr. Newman speaks Swiss German and High German and has various levels of reading knowledge of Latin, Greek, Medieval German, Sanskrit, French, Italian, and Coptic.  Dr. Newman has significant administrative experience at both the college and high school levels, including in curriculum development, thesis advising, policy development, and budgeting.

A prolific writer, Dr. Newman has published two books, with another currently in progress.  He has written scores of articles on topics ranging from Greek mythology as represented in Marvel’s Thor epic to the origins of the liturgy of St. Gregory the Theologian to the intersection of “real world” education and the classics.  In addition to enjoying a good game of chess or other strategy games, Nicholas enjoys reading.  Every year he rereads The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Silmarillion (and has done so since age 11.)  His favorite book is The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Dr. Newman is passionate about classical education.  “What is truly great about classical education is that students get the opportunity to engage with the great philosophers, historians, scientists, and authors from Aristotle to Zeno and explore the great questions of what it means to be human.  This molds the students to be thinkers themselves, to be curious and thoughtful, and inspires them to become excited about learning,” stated Dr. Newman.

Nicholas and his family are looking forward to exploring Marietta’s history.  “There is so much to learn, from fossils to pre-Columbian burial mounds to the Revolutionary War era forts; Marietta seems to be a crossroads of so many fascinating time periods,” he noted.

Dr. Newman and his wife, Casey, and their three young children, Orlando, Clayton, and Elisabeth live in Marietta, Ohio.