Middle School Latin teacher Tony Haakman has been named the state’s 2022 Latin Teacher of the Year by the Classical Association of Florida. Haakman becomes the third Saint Stephen’s Latin teacher to win this award since the association began naming its honorees in 1981. He follows previous SSES winners Linda Mishkin in 1997 and Geoff Revard in 2006. In addition to his teaching, Haakman – along with Revard – has helped to build Saint Stephen’s into a powerhouse competitor at the annual Florida Junior Classical League (FJCL) state forum. Over the past 17 years, Saint Stephen’s has consistently placed among the Top 10 in the state at the FJCL’s senior level, and the 2019 team brought home the school’s first-ever Florida academic championship. Among the program’s other recent highlights, in 2015, three Saint Stephen’s students qualified to be part of the six-member Team Florida that won the Advanced Certamen National Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
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