Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding professions. I taught first graders for six years. After having my son, I decided to be a stay-at-home mother. When my son began school, I walked back into the classroom after five years. I was amazed at how teaching had changed in the short time I was out of education. When I returned to the classroom, I began teaching middle school ELA. I realized that teaching six-year-olds and pre-teen/ teenagers really wasn't that different....they were still kids! At the end of my first day in a middle school classroom, my love for teaching was rekindled. I enjoy integrating technology and learning new ways to excite and challenge my students. One of the highlights of my teaching career was being named 2014 TCEA Classroom Teacher of the Year Finalist. I have a passion for sharing what my students create in my classroom, as well as teaching teachers. I leave you with these final words: “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” - Bill Gates
Hello all! My name is Julie Dillard. I currently serve as the Celeste ISD Library Media Specialist, Technology Director, Instructional Technology Director, TEKS Resource Administrator, Project Share Administrator, GradPoint Administrator, UIL & Book Club Sponsor, Webmaster, and CISD Public Relations! With technology, I climb mountains everyday. Each day brings new challenges. Technology is growing exponentially which makes my job extremely fast paced! Benefits of my job: I never get bored, I never stop learning, there is always work to do. My passion is books! As a young child, I loved to visit the library. As a teacher, I loved to integrate literature into every aspect of the curriculum, and now that I am a librarian, I love to help students of all ages connect with a good book. In 2008, I was honored when I received the TCEA Librarian of the Year! Books can take you on a journey, build character, inspire, provide comfort and joy and of course . . . educate!
Love this quote: "Amid the hectic pace of our lives, a library is like a comfy chair in front of a cozy fireplace on a wintry day, where people of every age and status can sit down and feel like they've come home... to a world without boundaries, to the world of books." C. J. Carr