Degrees and Certifications:

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

Ms. Lydia Breksa

Ms. Breksa teaches English to Chalmette High freshmen. Before teaching at Chalmette High, she has taught Italian, Japanese, Mathematics, chemistry, piano, and history at the elementary, high school, or college level.

Ms. Breksa enjoys the power of well-crafted literature, the impact of excellently stated arguments, and the absolute necessity for critical reading and thinking. Ms. Breksa is excited to teach English at Chalmette High because she knows mastering essential English reading, writing, and reasoning skills is crucial for youth success. 

Ms. Breksa enjoys visiting new places, learning, meeting interesting people, improving her fencing skills, hanging out with friends and family, playing the piano, and working with Cars. 


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.