Instructor in Latin Trey Suddarth is the recipient of the Tennessee Classical Association’s Distinguished Latin Teaching Award for 2020.
At the annual TCA meeting, Dr. Dan Solomon of Vanderbilt University, chair of the award committee, recognized Suddarth’s more than 25 years of distinguished service.
Senior Fawwaz Omer helped nominate Suddarth, his teacher in Latin I, IV, and V. “Known affectionately to his students as Coach Sudds, his reputation across the MUS Latin program is legendary,” Omer said. “Mr. Suddarth’s gift to his students is twofold: a classroom environment unlike any other and introspective knowledge as a former Latin student. … “His staunch belief is that a teacher should work as hard as, if not harder than, his students to give them the full benefits of a course in classical studies.”
Suddarth has taught Latin at MUS since 2004, and he has been instrumental in the success of the program. He served as chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages for 11 years, and he holds the A. Robert Boelte Chair of Excellence in Teaching. He received the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.
The TCA Distinguished Latin Teaching Award recognizes the effort and dedication of a K-12 teacher with the intention of fostering excellence in the profession and focusing attention upon those who have achieved it. Criteria include evidence of students’ superior performance in Latin, involvement with a language club, participation in language competitions, students continuing with Latin in college, and successful program development and maintenance.