SSD brings 20 years of experience to WGHS

Soledad Lee
Contributing Writer

SSD Resource Teacher, Julia Perejda, joins Webster Groves High School. Photo by Soledad Lee
SSD resource Teacher Julia Perejda rings 20 years of experience to Webster Groves High School. Photo by Soledad Lee

Julia Perejda, SSD resource teacher, came from Rockwood School District, where Perejda was for 10 school years. Perejda said, “This job can never be boring.”

Perejda also worked at Marquette High School for three years and Lafayette High School for seven years.

Perejda chose this job because she loves working with teenagers and likes her content areas. She is certified to teach special education K-12, language arts 9-12, and social studies 9-12.

As a special educator, Perejda has had the opportunity to collaborate and co-teach with many different teachers in many subject areas.

Perejda teaches students skills that will help them develop good study skills so they can be successful in the future. These will help students be successful in college if they continue to use these strategies like, keeping track of due dates and using a graphic organizer for writing ideas. She wants the students to know themselves better through personality tests, learning style inventories and career interest inventories.

On a typical day at Perejda’s job, she teaches a first hour learning strategies class, where she helps students develop good study skills. This also gives time for students to work on other homework. She leaves campus to teach a class at Epworth Children and Family Services during second and third hour. Perejda returns to school to eat lunch and answer emails.

Next she goes to fifth hour, a ninth grade language arts class, and Perejda co-teaches with Margaret Piper Zamudio. Her sixth hour plan allows Perejda time to make phone calls and other important tasks. Perejda has another seventh hour learning strategies class and also attends meetings sometimes before or after school for student’s IEPs.

Perejda truly loves working with teenagers, and it is rewarding to see students grow into young adults. Perejda brings kindness and acceptance for all students and staff. She is there to offer academic and emotional support to her students in any way she can with love, knowledge and a sense of humor

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