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Who We Are


Julie Ferin, Executive Director

Julie Ferin has over 20 years of experience in the field of Education. She began her career as an elementary school teacher with the Kyrene School District and after hosting a student teacher realized that training teachers were her true passion.  Shortly thereafter she began her career with Rio Salado College and is currently the Coordinator of Instructional Programs within the Educator Preparation Program.  She works with a team of talented individuals designing curricula, training adjunct faculty, coaching program supervisors, and helping all teacher candidates find their passion in working with K-12 students. 

Julie holds a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education and a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University.  

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Jennifer Gladis​, Executive Assistant

Jennifer Gladis was born and raised in Rocky River, Ohio and came to Arizona in 2007 for sunny weather and steady work. She has been with Rio Salado College’s Education department since arriving, first as an administrative assistant before becoming an outreach specialist for students in the Teacher-in-Residence program, and most recently as the Program Coordinator/Executive Assistant for NACCTEP. She earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is studying Slovene with a dream of one day retiring to Slovenia. Jennifer enjoys reading, writing, music, traveling, photography, and spending time with her kitties, Beetlejuice and Pluto. Contact Jennifer at

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