Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Julie Sprague
I have been teaching young adolescents for 36 years in four different states (MN, MI, and IL) in all core subject areas, bible, art, drama, and music. I recently completed an update of the PEAK/EVEREST curriculum for the young adult author, Roland Smith, check out the website www.rolandsmith.com and other publishers of young adolescent literature. I just finished a 15 year associate teaching position with Walden University in their Middle-Level Masters Program. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.S. degree from Central Michigan University in Middle Grades Education. I now spend some of my outside time writing curriculum for Danna Evans with All Things EQ.
I love teaching 7th grade students English Language Arts on a highly effective, integrated team. I love my team!! I am the Teacher-Leader of The Power of One, a service-learning club. In the last six years, students have created over 2500 Pillowcase Dresses for little girls in India, Africa, and Haiti :0
I love gardening (even in AZ) and working in all areas of theatre. I am highly involved in many church activities and work in the CCV bookstore on Sunday mornings.
My husband, Gary, taught music for many years at the university level and is a pianist, carpenter, and avid golfer. He is the Curriculum Manager for Grand Canyon University. We both love any type of theatre. Our daughter Sarah, 39, works in finance and our son John Benjamini, 32, works for Fast Enterprises in Concord, New Hampshire and is celebrating nine years of marriage to Brittany, a stay-at-home-mom and an amazing home school teacher.
We are proud grandparents! We have a seven-year-old granddaughter that already loves books, math and wants to be a conservationalist.. Her name is Eowyn pronounced A-O-Wyn. She is named after the warrior princess in Lord of the Rings Trilogy. We also have a grandson, John Elias (fifth generation John___________) four and a half years old. He loves anything out of doors, especially examining new creatures! And another grandson, Rowan Benjamin two years old who loves anything that involves balls. We were able to visit this past summer and fell in love with NH.
I love animals, any type and our family always, always visits zoos wherever we go. The zoo in Helsinki, Finland is the most interesting as we were able to see many snow leopards, all the animals that turn white in the winter, and most notably an entire herd of reindeer. Of course, pigs are my favorite animals for those of you who know me already).
I come from a very long line of educators; almost my entire family have been or are currently educators. My mom and aunt are here in AZ and enjoy coming to help with the Pillowcase Project and helping me talk out my instruction.
My favorite memory as a teacher: The day three eighth grade boys went to the principal because they wanted 20 more minutes of English class.
My favorite student memory: The day of the mock trial when I was the defense attorney and won the case!! We later found out that the defendant was guilty. :)
Just one more: A senior drama student who I had for English in both 7th and 8th grade wrote this sentiment after the year's fall musical, "Mrs. Sprague, I love you, because you don't just teach about English or theatre, you teach about life." I am so very proud to share with you that she is a Middle School Teacher in D.C.