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Julie Ballew

Howdy! My name is Julie Ballew, and I am currently teaching fifth grade language arts and social studies in Houston, Texas. I am entering my 12th year in education, including 6 years as a literacy coach. I absolutely love the Scholastic community, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to share and learn with you all.

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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