David Roscher - US Dean of Community Life; Latin Teacher

Get to Know David

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Who or what inspired you to become a teacher?

    This is a difficult question, because for the first ten years of my life, I barely knew there were any professional options other than teaching. My mother was a teacher; four of my closest aunts and uncles were teachers; and my grandfather was a teacher for decades before he bucked the family trend to become - gasp - a school administrator.

    However, it was the latter of these, my grandfather William Roscher, who first instilled in me a desire to serve. He was one of the most magnanimous men I have ever known, and to this day I strive to emulate the model of morality and generosity that he set for me at a young age.
  • Q: What book is currently on your nightstand?

    I'm starting off the summer with an old favorite: James Joyce's Dubliners. If I feel so inclined after that, I will have another shot at Ulysses. However, that particular novel is looking more and more like a white whale to me.
  • Q: What is your favorite travel experience?

    The kids are too kind to say it, but I'm pretty sure that they consider me a "dork" or a "geek" of the highest order. They're probably right. My favorite travel experience is certainly an instance of a "classical geek out":

    On my first evening in Athens during a semester abroad, I snuck away for some quiet time on the south slope of the Akropolis. Because I was a little behind on my required reading list, I took this as an opportunity to read Aeschylus' "Agamemnon"...while sitting in the Theatre of Dionysus. In the world of my mind, the greatest of the Greek tragedies by the greatest of the Greek playwrights had a second showing that evening on the very stage it premiered some 2,500 years before. As the marble of the citadel above grew red-orange with the setting of the summer sun, the power of the location brought the timeless play back to life. By the time Clytemnestra had exacted her revenge, night was fast approaching. However, my welcome to Athens was not yet done. I walked west toward my temporary housing and came upon the Odeon of Atticus. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a performance was taking place: a concert by none other than Luciano Pavarotti. I simply had to stop and enjoy. My senses then painted a memory in my mind that I will never let go - the touch of the 1,800-year-old stone I was leaning against, the sound of the booming tenor echoing off the Cyclopean walls, and the sight of the well-lit Parthenon starkly cutting into the dark night sky. I was only left to wonder how the rest of my time in Greece could possibly be topped by this.

    In conclusion: Mr. Roscher is a geek, kids.
  • Q: What is your favorite Pandora station?

    I have a few that get significant air time, but my Jackson Browne station is probably my favorite.
  • Q: What was the last live performance (music/dance/theater/etc.) that you attended?

    My wife is an amateur ballet dancer, so the most recent performance I attended was her recital.
  • Q: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?

    I understand that by definition there can only be one favorite. However, what's the fun in being an English teacher if you can't bend the rules of the language every now and then? For me, the list is relatively long: my high school Latin teacher Nicholas Yanov, my college English professor Paul Youngquist, my college Latin professor Michelle Zerba, my college Latin professor Paul Harvey, and my college ancient Greek professor Markus Asper. I feel genuinely blessed that each of these educators came into my life when they did. They all challenged me intellectually and compelled me to raise my expectations for myself, all the while fostering meaningful relationships with me that last to this day. These are the teachers who opened my mind to a world of inquiry and criticism (and, as classicists, pedantry). These are the teachers who set my feet along a path of lifelong learning.