Howdy! My name is Julie Ballew, and I am currently teaching fourth grade language arts and social studies in Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas. I am back in the classroom after six years of literacy coaching, and I am thrilled to have my hands back in the day-to-day practices of classroom teaching. I blogged for Scholastic several years ago, and I am so excited to be back in this fabulous community of educators.
I grew up in Bryan, a small college town in central Texas. The youngest of three girls, I played school often because it gave me the rare opportunity to be in charge. I went to a very small private school that became an extension of my family growing up, and a string of exemplary teachers made excellent role models. I’ve always loved everything about school and have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. The smell of school supplies in the air will probably always make my heart skip a beat!
I attended Texas A&M University and during my second year of teaching, I got the crazy idea to add a few graduate courses to my agenda. I earned my master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M as well.
Outside of work, I love to read and paint, but I find myself spending most of my free time with children as a godmother, babysitter, and professional spoiler.
I believe that we have the next generation of the world’s great thinkers walking our hallways. I believe that it’s up to us to help them understand how to communicate their thoughts in meaningful ways. I believe in giving students authentic opportunities to think, talk, and write about their reading, and I believe all students deserve to know that their stories are worth writing and sharing. I am always pushing my students to be better than they were yesterday, and I am constantly striving for the same goal. I can’t wait to share with you!
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