Patrick Yaggy is in his twenty-second year of teaching, having spent the first seventeen years in Gwinnett County, GA, and the last five here at BASIS Tucson North. He started the Latin program at North Gwinnett High School in 2001 and taught there until 2014, when he moved to Dacula High School. Throughout his career, he has taught Latin I, II, III, IV, AP Ovid/Catullus, AP Vergil, AP Vergil/Caesar, and Latin Capstone.
Mr. Yaggy began his teaching career after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Latin in 1999 and completing a year of coursework in the Modified Master's Program in Foreign Language Education in 2000. He earned his MA in Latin from the University of Georgia with a thesis entitled "Augustus and Domitian: Political Allusions in Statius' Thebaid" in 2009. As part of this program, Mr. Yaggy earned a Fellowship to study and teach in Rome for six weeks with the UGA Classics Study Abroad. Mr. Yaggy has also published a Latin textbook, The Thebaid of Statius: The Women of Lemnos and authored the Bolchazy-Carducci Lumina online interactive program for AP Latin.
Mr. Yaggy is the faculty sponsor of the Junior Classical League. In the past, he has also coached soccer, sponsored a philosophy club, and served as an SAT site supervisor (NGHS, 2008-2013). Mr. Yaggy has been a department chair (NGHS, 2003-2005), chair of the Gwinnett Area Latin Teachers Association (GALTA, 2004-2008), regularly served as a juror on GCPS discipline panels (2003-2006), and Certamen Co-Chair and Parliamentarian Advisor for the Georgia Junior Classical League. Currently, Mr. Yaggy is the Certamen Chair for AZJCL, the Site Supervisor for Test Center #03-212 (at BTN), and serves on the Board for the North American Cambridge Classics Project (NACCP). Mr. Yaggy also regularly leads staff development opportunities for NACCP.
All of these roles reflect the myriad of interests that Mr. Yaggy has. Most importantly, he has a great passion for his students and is proud to play a positive role in their lives year after year. In his spare time, Mr. Yaggy likes to keep in shape by walking and running. He is a fanatical UGA football fan as well as an ardent Manchester United supporter. Mr. Yaggy's wife is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona (College of Art and Visual Culture) and his son Graham is in the fifth grade at BASIS Tucson North.