PreK Teacher

Julie Wood ’85 Herzog received her Associate’s degree in Childhood Development in 2019 and has been teaching for eight years. She attends multiple professional development trainings each year.

Fun facts:
Julie is a 1985 graduate of Valle Catholic. Her dad, all 4 of her siblings, and her two children also graduated from Valle. She loves spending time with her family, which includes three amazing grandsons. She also enjoys gardening (flowers and vegetables), canning, and baking and decorating cookies and cakes.

What do you love most about teaching at Valle Catholic?
“I love seeing the children so excited to learn new skills, make new friends and become a classroom family. I have a passion for dramatic play, and love to design learning spaces that are realistic for the children.”

Why is Catholic education important?
“Catholic education at Valle fosters a sense of belonging and a love of learning. In my classroom, that feeling of belonging and family starts on the first day of school and is reiterated each and every day. Every child is different, but God loves them all the same, and so do I. Their individuality and creativity are the building blocks they need for a solid foundation in not only their academics, but also their faith. We are fortunate to begin and end our days with prayer, as well as having the opportunity to attend weekly mass. Starting to learn about one’s faith early in life allows students to understand and grow deeper in their relationship with God.”