Juliana Garcia, an Early Education Instructor, loves her job.
Garcia started off her interest in education by volunteering in her son’s classroom when he was just starting school. She simply wanted to be close to her son who was, then, her only child. But even then she admits to being curious about his early education development.
She says early education allowed her children to grow more confident in their everyday interactions at school.
“A lot of students come in and do not have any social skills - not knowing how to interact with other kids,” says Ms. Garcia. “My kids learned the basics of writing, reading, how to be more social - less timid and I believe that is the reason why they are doing so well in school. Those fundamentals are so important to a child’s growth and development,” she says.
When asked what drove her to make the transition from being a parent volunteer to teacher Garcia says, “I loved working with children. I knew that in order for me to work with them I had to get a better understanding of children’s growth and development. That's the reason I went back to school to study education and to get a job in this field.”
“I felt like I was needed, like I meant something to them,” she says.
“I felt like that was my calling. I needed to be with them. They made me feel me important and I make sure that they feel important when we are in the classroom and make sure I recognize their input.”
Garcia was a student at Longfellow Elementary, where she now teaches, and has been connected to CUSD since the third grade.
“I’m familiar with the community. I grew up in Compton. And in a way I am giving back to my community by working with these children. I understand their needs.”