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5th Grade Team

Meet Our 5th Grade Team!

Julie Van Der Heide

Hi, my name is Julie Van Der Heide. This is my fourteenth year teaching at Willard Elementary and my twenty-fifth year as a teacher here at Pasadena Unified School District. I absolutely love working with children. I grow from the challenges, but most of all, I am honored to work with amazing students and families. In my free time I enjoy an early morning run, shopping, and trying out new recipes.





Melanie Gray

I have been working in education for over 20 years. I began my career in education as a substitute teacher for LAUSD, where I also worked as an intervention teacher. This is my ninth year teaching at Willard Elementary. I am passionate about helping students learn and grow, and it is a joy to work at Willard among a supportive community of administrators, teachers, staff, and families. I am also a wife and mother of two wonderful teenagers. I love reading, vacationing, and spending time with my family. 

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