West Chester native Kelsie Fralick, a former goalie for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League, has turned in her skates to start teaching the Classics, writes Al Daniel for Pucks and Recreation.
The Pride, which won the 2016 Isobel Cup, the NWHL’s championship trophy, is one of the league’s four founding franchises.
Fralick has since become a first-year Classics teacher at the prestigious Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., and she often must explain the value of learning a so-called “dead” dialect to the students in her class.
“Just because it isn’t spoken doesn’t mean that there is any less value in learning it,” she said.
Fralick – who graduated from The Hotchkiss School, a boarding school in Lakeville, Conn., before attending Connecticut College – has been on several international trips, and also joined a Latin-speaking sanctuary. The North American Institute of Living Latin Studies organizes a number of seminars each year.
Most of these are weeklong immersion experiences for adults, and fluency is a prerequisite, as participants have to communicate as the Romans did.
“There are people speaking Latin out there,” said Fralick. “You just have to know where to look.”
Read more about Kelsie Fralick’s journey at Pucks and Recreation here.