Julia Rapoza received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa. She volunteered as a house parent at a home for girls and taught basic literacy to adolescents in a vocational school in Santiago, Chile, shortly after the military dictator, Augusto Pinochet stepped down from power. She includes social justice in her approach to teaching. She founded and directed an after school Spanish program in Austin, Texas in a blue-ribbon school district. She has taught Grades K-5, Junior High and High School Spanish in a variety of diverse environments. She has studied in Guanajuato, Mexico and Brazil.
“My goal in life is to spread greater happiness through friendships, fairness and understanding. Among the tools I use, are fun, friendship, songs and games in Spanish.”