Meet Julie Valsaint

Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?

Hello, my name is Julie Valsaint and I am from Langley, OK.  I now live in Coweta, OK with my husband and two sons.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 

My aunt was a teacher and I loved watching her!  I knew from elementary school that I wanted to be a teacher.

Where did you attend college?

Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Now Randall University).  I have my degree in Missions and traveled the world before settling back down in Coweta.

How many years have you been teaching?

17 years

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

I currently teach 4th Grade Math and Science; 4th and 5th grade Enrichment.

They really enjoy listening to the books, learning about the characters, and then making the connections with names as we learn about the oil industry.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies

I love to travel, scuba dive, read and spend time outdoors with my family.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

The lessons are ready to teach the minute you become trained.  There isn’t much prep work and all the materials are provided for you to teach each lesson.

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach? 

Because my students are not familiar with OERB and the characters, I begin with Little Bits and then move into Fossils to Fuel.  They really enjoy listening to the books, learning about the characters, and then making the connections with names as we learn about the oil industry.  Their favorite lesson is always about the rocks!  They love to have that hands-on experience with touching the rocks, investigating the rocks, and then, of course, listening to the rocks make music!!

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom? 

My students and I love the Lab time with Leo videos!  I have also learned so much about the history of Oklahoma by watching the virtual field trip videos.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career? 

My favorite moments in teaching are when students make those connections.  When I can see that they finally understand the why and how of how something works.

Any additional information you want to share with us?

Thank you OERB for providing this amazing curriculum to teachers and students!  The opportunities you have given my students to learn more about Oklahoma, it’s history and the oil industry is much appreciated.  Plus providing field trips!! My students would have never been able to see or go to the places we have been to through OERB.