Phone: (919) 934-2455 ext.
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville Enrolled at NCCU. I am working on a Master's in Library Science.
Ms. Julie Speer
I have spent the first part of my career in Asheville, NC where I taught English grades 9-12 and advised a national-award winning yearbook program. In 2008 I moved to the Raleigh area. During my time in this area I have taught in both Wake and Johnston county. While I have been away for a few years, I am excited to once again be a part of the Cleveland High School community. I hope the upcoming year will be the best one yet!
When I close my eyes and picture walking into my classroom, I see students busy or should I say INTENT on meeting their personal goals as writers and readers. Some are working in pairs, others individually. I am sitting at a table with a small group providing instruction or intervention or enrichment. There are students on the computers, sitting on the floor, working with tools, writing, sharing, creating and they are all engaged, self-directed, and self-monitoring so that I can focus on working with my small group. Everyone is involved in meaningful content activities all with the same goal of proving their understanding of the English standards. The students are focused on the standards individually rather than everyone doing the same thing at the same time. It is calming for me to think about my classroom operating this way and also daunting - it takes a lot of work, preparation, and foundation building to have a high school classroom that actually works this way! I've always had this vision, and every year I take steps to make this vision a reality. So, this school year, I am working to create a classroom that is as close to my vision as possible.
Access to a working device/internet
3 Ring Binder 1.5 inches or larger
Pencils and blue/black pens
An open-mind and positive attitude
Flexible Seating Classroom Wish List:
- Pub Height Tables (2) and Chairs
- Side Table (1)
- Comfy Vinyl/Leather Chair (2)
- Floor Lamp (1)
- Books for Classroom Library