Julia Rhodes

Julia Rhodes

What makes Herrera Special?

Herrera is Special because we have SO many things that the students can join and be involved in. We have fine arts programs, sports teams, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council and various of other clubs, and a Dual Language program. To me, that makes Herrera special and stand out from other schools in the valley.

Grade/Subject: 3rd Grade

Education/Degrees/Institutions:

University of Mississippi

Elementary Education (K-6): Bachelor of Arts in Education

Concentrations: History and English

Endorsement: Mild &Moderate Special Education (K-12)

# of years in Education: Start of 12th year

# of years at Herrera: Start of 2nd year

What brought you to teaching children:

I have always had a calling to work with younger children. Before I became a teacher assistant and then a teacher, I worked with the younger children at my church. So when I became a teacher assistant and saw how much I loved teaching and how much I loved seeing the “Aha!” moments, I decided I should go back to school to get my degree in teaching.

Favorite book, as an adult, and why:

That is a hard one because I love reading and have many favorites. For this though, I will choose Hunger Games. This is one of my favorite books because I love books that have strong, ordinary people fighting for what is right.

Creative curriculum (something you do to personalize curriculum, annual project…):

I always try to find extra “fun” projects for the students to do that have to do with the curriculum we are doing. Whether it is in ELA, Math, Science, or Social Studies. I love having them do hands-on STEM projects, group projects, and creative art projects that go with the subject. I feel like the students are able to understand the subject better when they are able to be more creative and have hands-on experience with a subject.