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Staffulty Highlight- Julia Manganaro
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Meet Julia Manganaro, our talented Middle School Director of Music at Bosque School! Did you know that outside of school, Ms. Manganaro has a passion for jazz singing and antique shopping? She also serves as the Director of Music at St. Chad's Episcopal Church. When she isn't making magic in the music room, you'll find her enjoying hobbies like working out, paddle boarding with her daughters, and playing the accordion in a country band. With a master's degree in music from UNM and seven years of teaching experience in New Mexico's public schools, Ms. Manganaro brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to Bosque School. One of her favorite memories is the success of last year's middle school choir production of Shrek, inspiring her to make the musical a yearly tradition. 

Behind the Scenes: What's a fun or surprising fact that most people at the school might not know about you?

I sing with a jazz group and love antique shopping. I am also the Director of Music at St. Chad's Episcopal Church. 

Personal Hobbies: Outside of school, how do you like to spend your free time? Any hobbies or interests you'd like to share?

I love working out, paddle boarding with my daughters, hiking, playing with my country band, and of course, the accordion. 

Educational Journey: Share a brief overview of the educational and professional journey that led you to Bosque School.

I have a master's degree in music from UNM and taught public school in New Mexico for seven years before coming to Bosque. I sang opera and performed with various musical groups. After my daughters were born, I was looking for a job that was more inclusive of my children, and Bosque was the perfect fit. 

Do you have any pets?

I wish!

Favorite Memory: What's one of your favorite memories or moments from your time at Bosque School so far?

Last year’s production of Shrek with the middle school choir. I was, and still am, so so proud of their hard work. It inspired me to make the middle school musical a yearly tradition.

Impactful Moments: Can you share a specific instance where you felt a strong connection with a student or witnessed a notable "aha" moment in the classroom?

One of my favorite things is seeing students overcome their fears of singing in front of people at our performing arts recitals. The audience is supportive and kind, which helps students shine on stage. I truly believe they bring that confidence into so many other areas of their lives. It’s a joy to see.  

Extracurricular Involvement: Are you involved in any clubs, organizations, or activities outside of teaching? How do they tie into your role at Bosque School?

I perform with the Jazz Vespers monthly and with my band, The Desert Roses. Performing regularly helps me continue to hone my craft so I can be a teacher and a professional. 

What would you tell a family that is considering Bosque School?

Bosque is the best school I have ever worked at, and I hope to stay there as long as I can. It is truly magical how students are learning from the best, understanding our environment here in New Mexico, and are able to participate in so many incredible activities. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

I am so appreciative of this school and adore my students. We make amazing music every day, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

Advice for Students: If you could give one piece of advice to your students, what would it be?

Dive in! Life is about finding the things that bring meaning and joy to you. Don’t be afraid to discover what those are. 

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