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Originally from California, John Cho first began his career in education teaching literature and writing at English academies in the Gangnam area of Seoul, Korea. In addition to his teaching duties, he conducted essay workshops for high school seniors applying to colleges abroad. After founding Emerson Latin in 2015, he's been teaching Latin to learners of all ages and at all levels, up to and beyond the AP Latin Exam, and has witnessed many of his students gain admittance to top universities in the United States, including Stanford, Princeton, and Columbia. A magna cum laude graduate in Classics, Philosophy, and Literature from California State University, Long Beach, he was a finalist for the Commencement Award from the College of Liberal Arts (given to two students from the graduating class). For his liberal scholarship, he was inducted into the academic honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key International. In 2019 he was made a member of the American Classics League, whose mission is to advance the teaching of Latin and classical civilization to students young and old.

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Phi Beta Kappa

Inducted May 2004

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is America’s first and oldest academic honor society promoting excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. So far 17 U.S. presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 136 Nobel Laureates, and countless authors, including R.W. Emerson, have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.


Phi Kappa Phi

Inducted April 2004

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is America’s most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It awards membership to the top 10% of seniors and graduate students exhibiting work of “quality, leadership, and research advancing human knowledge.”


Golden Key International

Inducted May 2003

Founded in 1977, Golden Key International is the world’s oldest collegiate honor society. It is “committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration, and diversity.”


American Classics League

Inducted 2019

Founded in 1919, the American Classics League celebrates, supports, and advances the teaching and learning of the classical languages, literatures, and cultures and their timeless relevance.

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