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Hi I'm Julie

I teach children with special needs. I have fibromyalgia. I have five children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was a young girl, I have wanted to teach children with special needs. This desire led me to pursue a degree in Special Education. I also knew that I wanted to be a mother. With the support of my husband and my love for children, I was able to do both: I graduated with my 2 year old daughter by my side. I then put my teaching degree aside as I longed to be home with my children while they were young. We soon had 4 daughters and one son keeping us busy. Twenty years later I found myself back in the classroom; this time as a teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a home where we were taught and followed the teachings of Jesus Christ. My parents taught us children to work hard, love each other, pray for help, and to enjoy spending time as a family. Although I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 8, it wasn't until I had children of my own that I realized how living the teachings of Jesus Christ brought me so much happiness. As a new parent I found that I needed help raising my children and that help came when I prayed for specific answers. I found that I needed guidance in all that I did as a wife and mother, and it was through prayer and reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, that I gained the answers and help that I needed.

How I live my faith

Each morning before I start my day, I pray that I will be able to help someone that day. I am amazed at how those answers come as I find people all around who need help. It might be a co-worker or student who needs help or encouragement. I may be able to lift someone's spirit with a cheery phone call, or even a simple smile. At church I get to help some of the youngest members every Sunday. I teach a class of two year olds. Every week we play, sing songs and I share a short story about Jesus. Although these lessons are very short, I love teaching the children simple concepts such as faith, prayer, and love for others. I also volunteer my time and talents by playing the piano and organ during church meetings and activities. I also enjoy helping in community events such as being a blood donor, organizing neighborhood events and participating in humanitarian and fund raising events. I also enjoy helping my children find the joy of volunteering. When neighbors are sick or have had new babies, we enjoy cooking meals for them. I have also been able to help my daughter participate in over 100 hours of community service, including gathering personal beauty supplies for a local womens' shelter. Another area I enjoy serving in is the special needs community. As a teen, I loved working with individuals with special needs. Now I enjoy organizing a club after school for middle school students who desire to help those with special needs. We have had picnics, a water activity day, and we are planning several other events for the students and families with special needs.