Degrees and Certifications:
-Masters +30 -Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education-Business, Social Studies, Wayne State University -Professional Education Certificate -Occupational Education Certificate -Marketing Education (GM) 6-12 -Business Education (GX) 6-12 -Social Studies (RX) 6-12 -Vocational Marketing Education (VM) 6-12 -Vocational Business Services (VB) 6-12 -Vocational Technical (VT) 6-12 -Bachelor of Science, Merchandise Management, Michigan State University
Ms. Julie Zalla
I am a graduate of West Bloomfield High School. This district and school is my second home. June 2019 I will be completing my 21st year at WBHS.
Upon graduation from WBHS, I went on to Michigan State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science. Upon graduation, I worked for many years in a variety of retail and marketing positions. I held positions with a variety of companies including Roots, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. My job titles included sales, assistant manager, manager and buyer.
After working in business for a number of years, I decided to go back to school. I earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University, and my Masters +30. I am certified to teach Business as well as Social Studies related courses. In addition, I am vocationally certified in the areas of Vocational Marketing Education, Vocational Business Services, and Vocational Technical. I continue to take classes in hopes of earning my Doctorate at some point in the future.
I love all aspects of business and marketing. It is not something I just teach in the classroom, but it is an integral part of my life. Growing up I had an opportunity to see firsthand inside the entertainment industry. This knowledge and experience is something I look forward to sharing with my students. I often share stories with students about my attendance at the yearly Sundance Film Festival, recent concerts I have attended, or my experience cheering on one of my favorite sports teams. Together we will learn how Marketing is all around us.
I have taught a number of different courses over the past years in both the Business and Social Studies Departments at WBHS. This school year, I will be teaching Marketing, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Basic Programming and Personal Computing. Over the years I have also taught the following Business related courses... Fashion I, Fashion II, Fashion Show Production, Business Math, Entrepreneurship. Additionally, I have taught Civics, American History and Sociology within the Social Studies department.
This year I will once again serve as a DECA Advisor for the district. DECA is an association of Marketing students that compete at district, state and at a national level for college scholarships and awards. The WBHS chapter is one of the largest in the state of Michigan, with an average of 80 students attending the annual state competition, and 20 attend the International Conference. Students enrolled in a Marketing related course, have the opportunity to participate in DECA. This spring, we will be taking our State winners to the National Competition in Orlando!
In addition to DECA, Sports and Entertainment Marketing students will demonstrate their understanding of marketing strategies learned in class by creating an annual spring carnival. The carnival has an annual attendance of 1800. Proceeds from the event, are given to the American Cancer Society. This is an event the students really look forward to each year and causes a great deal of excitement amongst the student body.
Students enrolled in Marketing, will all be serving as sales associates at Laker Landing. Laker Landing is the school store at West Bloomfield High School. Students will each work in the store at least once every two weeks. Students will work with me and Mrs. Sallen to learn firsthand about selling and marketing.
I have written three sets of curriculum for the West Bloomfield School District. I was honored to be able to write the Fashion Merchandising I, Fashion Merchandising II and Fashion Show Production courses taught by the district. In combination with the fashion courses, I directed the WBHS annual spring fashion show for 14 years. This was a student production that showcased merchandise from local retailers. Students worked on modeling, hospitality, merchandising, staging and advertising committees throughout the school year to organize and produce the show. Proceeds from the production and generous donations made by local businesses raised money for Our Children’s Fund as well as The American Cancer Society. Traditionally more than 100 members of the student body participated in the fashion show, with an annual attendance of approximately 700.
In addition, I am active in a variety of local organizations and committees. I can often be found volunteering or supporting ORT, JARC, KADIMA, Make-A-Wish Michigan, Relay for Life, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Jewish Historical Society, Yad Ezra, and DIFFA.
Outside of the school day, I can be found spending time spinning, practicing yoga, taking photographs, writing, reading, going to movies and traveling. My greatest love of all is spending time with my two boys. My oldest son is starting 9th grade this fall, and my youngest middle school (so I get it).
I am looking forward to having a great year! Please do not hesitate to email me any questions or concerns you have at any time. If you browse through this web page, you will find various helpful tools to ensure all students have success.
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