Anna Conrad, a Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) instructor since 2006, said she’s enjoying her career helping incarcerated young people.
What is your history in education with DJJ?
I began working for DJJ in 2006. Prior to DJJ, I worked as an inner city elementary school teacher at City Impact Rescue Mission in San Francisco. That experience prepared me for my current career. In 2006, I moved to the Central Valley, got married, and began my DJJ journey.
I started off as a substitute teacher, then became a permanent literacy instructor. A few years later, I applied for and accepted the position of English Language Coordinator. Although there are days when the students are extremely challenging, in an uncanny way those students are the ones who keep me motivated. I can honestly say, “I enjoy my job.”
What are some highlights of your career?
Since I am the reading language teacher, some of my students are low level readers. The highlight of my career is witnessing the transition of English learners who cannot speak English, into students who can speak, read, and write in English. This skillset will be beneficial as they progress towards graduation and for the rest of their lives. Another special highlight is when students who have completed my class stop by my door and thank me for impacting their lives in positive manner.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
I love to take weekend trips to the beach with my husband, visit with grandchildren, spend time with my son and daughter, go out with friends, travel, go to church, and volunteer wherever needed.