Degrees and Certifications:

BA in European Studies with a minor in Japanese, BYU 2018 MA in history, SFSU 2022

Ms. Lydia Breksa

Ms. Breksa is excited to teach English here in Chalmette. Although she has taught a wide range of subjects, from Italian to history to chemistry to math, she believes that excellence in English is the key to having your voice heard. Ms.Breksa first started teaching secondary education as a senior in high school, where she taught an Algebra II/Trig class. She hopes to share her love of learning with her students. 

Ms.Breksa enjoys learning, visiting new places, fencing, driving her V8, and spending time with family and friends. 

Publications and presentations include:

Ex Post Facto, co-editor, SFSU, 2022.

“Njinga Before She Was Queen,” presentation, Fresno HGSA, Fresno State University, 2022.

“The Black Death-the Great Equalizer: How a shared medical background creates commonality between the three religious sects of medieval Iberia among three practitioners,” presentation, UCI HGSA, UC Irvine, 2022.

“Global Interactions in Renaissance Italy,” class lecture, Italian Renaissance (History 302), BYU, 2018.

“Before Turning Turk: How Scipione Cigala Perceived and Understood the Ottoman Palace School,” Power-Point presentation, Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, UVU, 2018.

“The First Japanese Embassy in Italy: A Change in Perception over Time,” Hex Symposium, BYU, 2018.

“A Chain of Encounters: The First Japanese Embassy in Siena,” International Inquiry Conference, BYU, 2017.

“European-Asian relations in the 1500 as seen in the title page of Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis.” Ed. Kirk W. Larson, Inquiry Journal v10 (Fall 2017):3-11.

“The Cotton Map (1025),” class lecture, History 201, BYU, 2016.

“Titian And The Black Page Portrait: Race And Power In The Venetian Renaissance.” Ed. Andrew Grafton, The Michigan Journal of History, v13 (2017): 85-96.

“Blacks Depicted as a Symbol of European Power Throughout Time.”  Ed. Tyler Rice, The Theaton, v 45 (2016):69-78.