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    Salvete Omnes!
     
    Gate in Lugano, Switzerland  

         Welcome to my webpage!  My name is Rena Glavas Collins. I grew up in Salem, Virginia where I graduated from Salem High School, home of the Spartans.  My love for the Classics developed early in eighth grade during my first Latin class. That year I attended the Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL) Convention and was hooked on the culture, language, and the other students who shared my love of the classics. Since then I have attended the VJCL conventions every year. When I am not focused on classics, I love to sing, hike, swim, and spend time with my family.
     
         In the summer of 2004 I went to Greece with my father to visit family and then I traveled to Europe again the following summer with my Latin teacher, Mrs. Bowman. My family and Mrs. Bowman were instrumental in cultivating my passion for the classical world. Throughout my time in Greece and Italy I took in as much of the sites as I could. In the summer of 2009, I also attended a study abroad with two of my favorite professors. My study abroad trip was truly a life changing experience because I saw Rome like never before. I was finally able to know the sites and objects that I was looking at and appreciate them in a whole new way. 

        I graduated from Virginia Tech with two bachelors degrees in both classical studies and history as well as a masters degree in education. Too often we hear that Latin is a "dead" language.  I look forward to showing my students just how "alive" Latin and the ancient Romans are in our society today.  I am excited to begin another successful year with wonderful students!  Please feel free to contact me anytime at collins.rg@augusta.k12.va.us or by phone at (540) 337-6021 or (540) 886-5806.  
     
        
     Mrs. Collins' Schedule
     
    First Semester: 
     
    1st Block-   Latin II
    2nd Block-  Latin I
    3rd Block-   Planning/Travel
    8th Period at Beverley Manor Middle School- Latin I
     
     
    Second Semester: 
     
     
    1st Block-   Latin III
    2nd Block-  Latin IV/V
    3rd Block-   Planning/Travel
    8th Period at Beverley Manor Middle School- Latin I