CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The society for classical studies is honoring a Latin teacher at St. Anne's-Belfield School.

Doctor Brandtly Jones is the recipient of the 2015 award for excellence in teaching at the pre-collegiate level.

Jones says he is able to use new ideas in the classroom, and for that he is very grateful.

"Try things, try out new stuff, dive into authors that maybe I'm not even as well versed in yet so that I can dig in, the students can dig in we have a lot of flexibility within our curriculum," said Dr. Jones.

On Tuesday the class celebrated his award by having a roman winter festival, students wore red hats associated with the holiday and read ancient poems to Dr. Jones.