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Magistra Lindzey with
her Latin teacher,
Doris Kays (
= 2007)

Magistra Lindzey's teachers, Doris Kays and Bob Hicks, at a National Junior Classical League convention in the 1980s.

Magista Lindzey from her high school days on the bus ride to national competition, torturing Mr Hicks (she had been doing devil horns/bunny ears behind his head and is here giving that innocent look to the camera).

Roger "Senex Caecilius" Robison, former biology teacher and armchair classicist, who entertains and educates many with his games--The Games of Senex Caecilius.

Dripping Springs High School Latin Club, 2006-2007;
having fun and being daring
with their new Magistra.

Magistra Lindzey (Achilleia) with Magistra Vitt (Amazonia), who teaches at Minnehaha Academy
in Minneapolis.
Together they are know as
Geminae Productions, and
occasionally create downloadable teaching materials.

Magistra Lindzey presenting with author and friend Lindsey Davis in Alaska. (It really was funny.)

Magistra Lindzey with Professor Rick LaFleur, revisions editor of the Wheelock's Latin Series, and Mary Ricks.

Mr Jeff Lindzey, Jonathan, and Tobin with Magistra Lindzey--one of two things (family and friends) more important to Magistra
than teaching and Latin.









Teaching Schedule 2008-2009 (tentative)
Tutorials 8:24 am-8:54 am (30 min.)  
1st Period 9:00 am-9:50 am (50 min.) Latin I
2nd Period 9:56 am-10:50 am (54 min.) Latin I
3rd Period 10:56 am-11:46 am (50 min.) Latin I
4th Period B Class 11:52 am-12:17 pm (25 min.) Conference
4th Period B Lunch 12:17 pm-12:47 pm (30 min.) LUNCH
4th Period B Class 12:52 pm-1:17 pm (25 min.) Conference
5th Period 1:23 pm-2:13 pm (50 min.) Latin III/IV-AP
6th Period 2:19 pm-3:09 pm (50 min.) Latin II
7th Period 3:15 pm-4:05 pm (50 min.) Latin II


Contacting Magistra Lindzey

The best way to contact Magistra Lindzey is by email:

  • School Email: ginny dot lindzey at dripping-springs  dot txed dot net
  • Home Email: ginlindzey at lindzey dot us

Classroom Phone: 512-858-3163 (You will only get a message during class time.)

School Fax: 512-858-3199

School Mail:

Dripping Springs High School
P.O. Box 479
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

About Your Teacher

Ginny Lindzey began the study of Latin at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio with Mrs. Doris Kays, known as "Dea" to most of the Latin teachers and students in Texas in later years. Why Latin? Her siblings were studying Spanish and she wanted to study something they were NOT studying. A few years previously she had seen "I, Claudius" on PBS, a show which, combined with her Greek heritage, definitely influenced her choice of foreign languages.

Mrs Lindzey studied Latin for three years in high school, 2 of them independent study, and participated in Junior Classical League events. Most notably, she won in Dramatic Interpretation of Latin poetry 3 years in a row at national competition. While some of that credit goes to Mrs. Kays, much of it goes to another Latin teacher who greatly influenced her life, Bob Hicks, the teacher at rival Winston Churchill High School. Mr. Hicks believed passionately in reading Latin out loud and in the proper pronunciation of the language. He instilled in her a passion for speaking the language that she has carried with her to this day.

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Classics welcomed the future Magistra Lindzey in the fall of 1983. She pursued a degree in Latin after deciding that the theatre department didn't have high enough academic standards to suit her. Besides, as she has said many times, she could study Roman theatre in the classics department. While attending UT, she received an Endowed Presidential Scholarship, having been nominated by her department chair, the renowned Prof Karl Galinsky. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in the summer of 1987.

Magistra Lindzey began her career as a Latin teacher at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas that fall. Although she left teaching after that first year in the classroom for about a dozen years (ran away screaming, she sometimes says), she stayed involved with classics.  By 1992 she became the editor for the Texas Classical Association (TCA). Magistra Lindzey edited Texas Classics in Action for 10 years, during which time the publication won national acclaim for quality both in the types of articles published and the journal's design. In 1994, she established the TCA Website which is also home to other spin-off websites, including the Latin ExCET Prep website. In addition, she maintains the National Committee for Latin and Greek (NCLG) website, on which one can find promotional materials and recent online articles about Latin and Greek.

But she couldn't stay away from the classroom forever. In the year 2000, Magistra Lindzey returned to teaching with a passion. For six years she taught at Porter Middle School in the Austin Independent School District. Once Porter was slated for closure (it is now the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders), she decided to make a bold step up to teaching high school at Dripping Springs in 2006.

Along the way there was one other person that served as dear friend and mentor, who has inspired both Magistra Lindzey's teaching and creativity. Roger Robison, her high school biology teacher and long time friend, continues to challenge and inspire her with games and clever things he designs for people who love the ancient world. Among the Games of Senex Caecilius you will find games of logic, history, and mythology; jigsaw puzzles, derivatives, and word searches; matters military, religious, and geographic.  (Do take a look!)

Magistra Lindzey has received several awards including the Outstanding New Teacher award from the Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA), the Outstanding State Newsletter, Outstanding State Website, and Outstanding State Vice President awards, plus the coveted Ovatio for service to the profession from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

In addition, Magistra Lindzey has also published numerous articles on pedagogy and has presented on multiple occasions at the TCA Fall Conference, the American Classical League (ACL) Institute, CAMWS, and TFLA. She has also served as the chair for CAMWS’s Committee for the Promotion of Latin (CPL). On the CPL website as well as the NCLG website one can find free downloadable posters of her design (some in conjunction with Magistra Vitt, Magistra Lindzey's friend and colleague in Minneapolis), promotional materials for supporting the study of Latin and the classics, as well as information on what to do if your program is under threat of closure. During the summer of 2007 Magistra Lindzey served on a TEA committee to develop the TExES certification exam for Latin which will replace the current Latin ExCET. For the first time in recent memory there will be an oral component on the certification test for Latin teachers!

Growing concern over shortages of Latin teachers led Magistra Lindzey to propose a National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week (NLTRW). NLTRW is now a cooperative venture of the American Philological Association (APA), the ACL, CAMWS and other regional and state classical organizations. The NLTRW committee, consisting of Magistra Lindzey, the current ACL President, the current APA President, Tom Sienkewicz, and others, have developed promotional materials, ideas for presentations, posters and more which can be found on the NLTRW website. The 6th annual NLTRW will take place March 3-7, 2008.

As if she doesn't have enough to do with teaching plus raising two sons, Magistra Lindzey also maintains the Official Website of Lindsey Davis for author and dear friend Lindsey Davis, who writes Roman set fiction, and the Official Wheelock’s Latin Series Website, for revisions editor and dear friend/mentor Rick LaFleur. Her latest creative project is Anima Altera: Latin T-shirts and More, which features not only Latin t-shirts for the discerning classicist but also beautiful posters of Pompeii and Rome, note cards, mini-buttons, spiral notebooks, etc. But that's still not enough: Magistra Lindzey keeps a blog site called The Latin Zone for teachers, especially new teachers, where she chronicles her adventures in teaching, explains her teaching philosophy, and occasionally just plain rants about whatever strikes her fancy.  And in her spare time she maintains online Latin Scrabble games with students and friends.

Magistra Lindzey can be found teaching Latin and sophomore English at Dripping Springs High School in Dripping Springs, Texas, southwest of Austin. And if you look for her at Halloween or the occasional JCL convention, you may find instead Achillea, Gladiatrix de Londinio, wielding her famous spongia in fuste. Otherwise, check the soccer fields around the Austin area when the over 30 women's teams are playing.

Magistra's Websites

Texas Classical Association: www.txclassics.org

National Committee for Latin and Greek: www.promotelatin.org

National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week: www.promotelatin.org/nltrw.htm

Lindsey Davis: www.lindseydavis.co.uk

Wheelock’s Latin: www.wheelockslatin.com

Anima Altera: www.cafeshops.com/animaaltera

The Latin Zone: ginlindzey.livejournal.com

Curriculum Vita (currently needs updating)


Magistra Ginny Lindzey is the Latin teacher for Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs, Texas. All questions and comments about this website should be sent directly to Magistra Lindzey. In fact, students and former students as well as parents are encouraged to contact Magistra Lindzey.

These web pages last updated July 4, 2008.