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Faculty Spotlight: Julia Ripperton

Name: Julia Ripperton
Preferred Pronouns: She/her
Title: 1st Grade Teacher
What year did you start working at Marin Horizon? 2019
What school(s) did you attend? University of San Francisco, B.A. Psychology, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Masters in Teaching
Why did you want to become a teacher? I love helping children develop a love for learning. I think it is so important to be a lifelong learner and any part I can play in helping my students find what they love is special to me. 
What continues to inspire and drive you to teach? The joy on kids' faces when they have an "ah-ha" moment inspires me to be the best teacher I can be. 
What’s your favorite thing about being a teacher? I love to teach children how to read. It is such a magical process to witness. I say it is my superpower!
How have you adapted as a teacher during COVID-19? It hasn't been easy changing everything about the way we teach during COVID, but I think it has been a great opportunity as teachers to model to students the importance of being flexible and having a growth mindset. After-school naps and wine also help with adapting to COVID teaching life!
Why Marin Horizon? When I first interviewed at MHS, it felt like home. It felt like somewhere I wanted to be everyday. 
What has been your experience at Marin Horizon so far? I have felt so welcomed by everyone at MHS the past year and a half. I think the experience of teaching in a pandemic has created a bond among many teachers at MHS and it feels good to know that your colleagues have your back. 
Which of our Pillars resonates with you the most and why? (We are insatiably curious, We are complex thinkers, We embrace challenge, We are active community members, We have a voice) "We have a voice" resonates with me the most because I always want my students to know that their voice can create change in the world around them. 
Do you have any hobbies? I love to hike, read, cook, and try as many new foods in San Francisco as I can. I also have a bad travel bug, so I am eager to start traveling again post-COVID. Thailand is next on my bucket list!
Is there any book that has had a particular impact on you? I just finished Becoming by Michelle Obama. I love reading about powerful women who stand up for what they believe in. 
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I grew up in San Diego and currently live in San Francisco with my fiancé and my cat, Boogie.
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Name: Laurie Kelly, Title: Accounting Manager, Office Address: 305 Montford Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941, Telephone Number: (415) 384-4232, Email Address: Laurie@marinhorizon.org
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