Mrs. Thorpe-Nelson has served as a Board Member for the New Jersey Classical Association since 1998, first as editor of their newsletter, currently as an Edna White Rome Scholar Senior Trustee.
Mrs. Thorpe-Nelson is currently on the Board of Governors for the North-American Cambridge Classics Project, and has taught at several workshops for Latin teachers (Chicago, Baltimore and Red Bank).
Mrs. Thorpe-Nelson is a native of Monmouth County, born in Long Branch, she lived first in Atlantic Highlands and then Lincroft on her family's farm. She attended Middletown Schools and then Montclair State College. She knew that she wanted to teach from grammar school but realized her passion was Latin at Middletown South. She feels that Latin combines her academic loves- language, ancient history and archaelogy. She loves High Technology High School because the students are fun to work with, interesting and motivated.
Mrs Thorpe-Nelson loves to travel. Her best trip ever was her summer study abroad at the American Academy in Rome. Every day was a field trip to an archaeological site and weekends were cultural experiences with friends from the program. This was the most inspirational educational experience in her career and she would like to attend similar study abroad experiences again. She has also enjoyed several other European trips where she ws able to visit Roman sites with her husband.
Mrs. Thorpe-Nelson is married to Michael and they have two children, Jacob and Catherine. She volunteers with Monmouth Council of Boy Scouts as a den mother for Pack 160 in Freehold Township and even attends resident camp with her son. She enjoys time with her children, travel, reading, stitchery, and finding Latin in odd places on vacations.