Julie W. reading to her students

Name
Julie Wuggazer

School/Building
Westwood Intermediate

Title
Academic Specialist 

What year did you start working in Spring Lake Park Schools? 
2012

Why did you choose to join Spring Lake Park Schools?
Around the time I was interviewing, information was coming out about how Spring Lake Park was becoming a 1:1 technology school. This intrigued me. What would this look like? How would this affect my teaching? Since starting here, it has been continuous growth as a teacher. We have the freedom to try new things, both with technology and in our lessons. We are learning new ways to engage and really personalize the day for each one of our students. I am very proud to be here. 

What's the best part of your day, as an employee of Spring Lake Park Schools?
The best part of my day is when students find me in the hall to let me know how their day is going. I am just one of several teachers that are really getting to know the students, and it is very telling on my team. 

What do you do when you're not at work?
I love hiking on the weekends with my husband and our 9-month-old puppy, Mocha. I love to travel and meet up with family. And my newest hobby is playing trumpet in the North Suburban Concert Band. 

How do you personalize learning for students?
Knowing what the students can and cannot do really drives my instruction. As a reading teacher, I make goals with my students, and we base them on what skills the student is interested in developing as readers. This means everyone in the group has a tailored goal that they are working toward. 

What makes you #SLPPantherProud?
I love working with my students and colleagues at Westwood. Every year we try new things, new lessons, new technology, new activities. There is such a spirit of growth and learning here at SLP. That is why I am #SLPPantherProud. 

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