Middle School Latin & Spanish
What’s in a name? The question has been asked before, and in this case, the story tells us quite a lot. Mr. Marzolino was born in Philadelphia, but as his name indicates, he is Italian. In fact, he spent much of his childhood in Italy and Switzerland, and while his high school and college years were spent in the States, he earned his PhD in Latin and Linguistics while in Rome. Back in New York City, Mr. Marzolino quickly learned Spanish so he could teach it in high school. His given name, Nicola, sounded strange to his students, so he began using the first name Nicolas, and it stuck. But most importantly, for eighteen years and with a great deal of affection, he has been known to Green Hedges students as Mr. Marz, a teacher dedicated to their Latin and Spanish education, to whom they spontaneously turn for counsel, a person they still call and text years after they have left the school.