My name is JULIA PEACOCK. My husband and I moved to the South Corona area over 14 years ago where we bought our first home. Our daughter was six and our son just nine months old. We love our diverse, growing community and the wonderful schools in our area.

I am a public school teacher and have been for over ten years. I began in Moreno Valley as a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher, then moved on to Boys Republic, a school for incarcerated young men, where I taught reading intervention and the GED program. I now work at a high school in Perris teaching reading intervention and sophomore English. I have always worked in low-income, high-risk schools because I believe education is the great equalizer when it comes to being able to change your life circumstances for the better.

I was born in a naval hospital in VA and moved to Southern California with my family when I was 12, just two years after I lost my mother in a car accident. 17 years ago, we lost my father to cancer. Mine has not been an easy life journey, but these experiences have only made me stronger and more determined.

My husband, Kevin, and I married 23 years ago on April Fools’ Day. We enjoy our family life together, whether watching our son play baseball or visiting our daughter in college on the Central Coast.

I enjoy reading a good book, watching movies with my family, and spending time with friends. I love to learn, which makes my job as an educator so amazing: I learn as much from my students as they do from me.

I look forward to getting to know you on this journey to Take Back the 42nd.