5th Grade Teacher
5th Grade Teacher
A Milwaukee native and the daughter of a special education teacher, Julia has always known she would pursue a career in education. After graduating from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where she received a bachelor of fine arts in acting, she moved back to the states and called Chicago home before making her way west. Even while working in theatre, Julia was always connected to the world of education in some way – working as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools, leading inclusive theatre workshops for elementary students, and as a childcare provider here in LA.
Julia has been a 6th grade teacher for the past five years. A proud graduate of UCLA’s Teacher Education Program at Center X where she earned an M.Ed, Julia is dedicated to creating inclusive and equitable learning communities with her students and their families. Julia believes literacy is emancipatory and works each year to support her students to be critical thinkers, ready to question and challenge as they read their world. A strong proponent of balanced literacy, Julia has worked as a literacy coach and professional development leader in various settings across Los Angeles. In her work as a literacy coach, her primary focus has been supporting middle school and high school teachers in bringing Workshop to their english classrooms.
Julia is passionate about continuing to grow her praxis and loves to collaborate and learn from other teachers. She has had the opportunity to share her work at conferences around the country, including NCTE and CATE. Julia has presented on the power of student-led inquiry and action research projects to inspire youth to enact changes in their communities. She has also presented on using disconnecting literacy strategies to develop positive reading identities and reclaim comprehension in the world of underrepresentation in children’s lit. At NCTE 2018, Julia sat on an educator panel discussing methods for creating safe and inclusive classrooms for our LGBTQIA+ students and families.
Outside of the classroom, Julia loves to read, is a novice baker, and is slowly but surely finding her way back to dance. She loves bookshops, coffee, and spending time with her family and friends.