I’m very excited to be the JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Specialist at Shortridge High School. After completing my student teaching in Indy and graduating from Taylor University, I began my teaching career as a first grade teacher at an international school in La Paz, Bolivia. I discovered in my time there that being a first grade teacher was not my calling! However, I absolutely adored the people, culture, and my multicultural/multilingual students, which led me to go back home to the Chicago suburbs to obtain my ESL endorsement from National Louis University. This led to opportunities in which I taught and mentored middle school, high school, and adult students in Illinois and Mexico. I made my way back to Indy in 2015 and have been an ESL Teacher the last four years.

My favorite parts of teaching have been the opportunities I’ve had to connect personally with students and foster creativity. I love that this new role allows me to do this to a greater extent while wearing multiple hats—teacher, mentor, case manager, advocate, and networker, among others. It’s also pretty ideal because I highly value self-discovery and personal growth, champion diversity, weirdly enjoy writing and editing cover letters and resumes, habitually listen to a podcast about decision-making, and have a network of friends doing great things across the city.

In my free time I love going on adventures with my husband, whether around Indy or across the country or ocean. I also enjoy writing, reading, yoga, biking, live music, cooking, trying local restaurants, hanging out with our church community, and alternating watching The Office and Parks and Recreation. 

B.S. Elementary Education, Taylor University

ESL Endorsement, National Louis University

phone: 317-220-4419

email: javila@transitionresources.org