Phone: 925.473.2390 Extension 7739
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, May 2004. Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California. Licenciate in Philosophy, Cum Laude, October 2010. Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum), Rome, Italy. Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish and Italian, April 2015, Brandman University, Walnut Creek, California. LANGUAGES: English and Spanish. Italian, fluent: Capacity to read philosophical texts and literature by authors like Dante Alighieri in their original. French, reading knowledge: Capable of reading philosophical texts by René Descartes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau in their original. Portuguese, reading knowledge: Capable of reading philosophical texts and colloquial writings. Latin, reading knowledge: Capable of reading prose by authors such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. These texts include Augustine’s 'Confessions' and Aquinas’s 'Summa Theologiae' in their original. Ancient Greek, reading knowledge: Did research on Plato and the Gospels, but spent most of my Greek studies reading and researching the works of Aristotle. These texts include Aristotle’s 'Organon' on Logic, Physics, Psychology, and the Metaphysics.
Ciao! ¡Hola! I am Efraín Nieto. I have a Bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College in California and a Licentiate degree (PhL) from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. Both degrees are in Philosophy.
My journey in becoming a teacher/educator started at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, right here in the East Bay. I fell in love with their Great Books program and became a Philosophy major so I can more deeply study Ancient and Modern Western Philosophy. While studying the great Greek philosopher, Plato, I realized the relationship between Greek thought and the Spanish language. In knowing that Spanish came from Latin, I chose to further study Latin at the Latin Intensive Course in UC Berkeley. Learning Latin allowed me to study Philosophy and also Theology in a more profound way. This led me to learn Ancient Greek and other modern languages like Italian, French, and to further perfect my knowledge in Spanish.
After completing my Bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s, my knowledge of Latin gave me an opportunity to study in Europe at the Pontifical University of Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. I had the opportunity to learn and study under Saint John Paul II’s Latinist, Reggie Foster. Today, I share my knowledge and wisdom of the Romance languages with our students.
You can access the course syllabus in the following link: Syllabus_22-23 .