Juliana Houston

Senior Improvement Partner

Juliana spent eight years teaching 6th grade math and science, newcomer math, and middle school art in the Oakland Unified School District before coming to Partners. She is committed to creating systems that support students and teachers to be their best.

As a teacher working closely with many students who had experienced trauma, Juliana learned the importance of trauma-informed practices and social emotional learning for students. She became passionate about building school and classroom environments that support students to feel safe, joyful, and eager to learn.

Juliana developed her leadership skills as she served on her school’s instructional leadership team, PTSA, and school design team. She gained instructional leadership skills coaching teachers across content areas, leading professional learning communities, and facilitating professional development. Juliana believes that thriving schools are connected to, and enriched by, community. She has led community partnerships to plant a school garden and urban orchard, to build an outdoor classroom, and to create many permanent art installations on campus.

Juliana earned a double major in art and psychology at Carleton College. She then earned her master’s degree in education from Alliant International University, and is pursuing her master’s in instructional leadership and administrative services credential from Reach Institute for School Leadership.

When she’s not working, Juliana likes to run, bike, travel, backpack, read, and spend time with loved ones.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi