Engaging middle school students has been at the forefront of Julia Marrero's teaching for over 25 years. Although Julia has taught all core content areas, STEAM-related subjects have always been her passion. This year she is teaching seventh grade math as well as a sixth grade Inventor's Lab. Her students work with 3D printers, EV3 robots, circuitry and more in engaging projects that exemplify engineering design concepts. Last year, Julia's students ran a Maker Shop, which served the needs of school staff. Students designed and produced tee-shirts for fundraisers, 3D printed math manipulatives, and created original classroom decals for teachers.
Julia recently completed a masters program at SSU in the Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning program with a focus on educational leadership and educational technology. Last year, she participated in the creation of a Local Open Online Course (LOOC) designed to assist teachers in deepening their understanding of Edtech theory and practice. Julia is looking forward to connecting and creating with other Maker-minded teachers from Sonoma County and beyond.