Jules Jaramillo (pronounced hara-mee-yo) joined our staff in January 2016. We have hired her as Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) to emphasize that the role embraces all ages, not just a focus on children. With the presence of an excellent assistant, Jules will work with our Minister and lay leadership to bring innovation and cohesion to our faith development at all ages. We are excited to welcome her and look forward to the next chapter in CCUU’s lifespan religious education journey!
Jules brings significant experience to our community, not only as a religious educator, but also as a K-12 teacher, social worker, and program director for several non-profit organizations. As a social worker, her areas of focus were in autism (full spectrum), developmental disabilities, mental illness, homelessness, addictions, and cognitive development. She also was a high school English teacher at a bilingual prep school in Bogota, Colombia.
“I chose to move into religious education as a profession because I wholeheartedly believe that Unitarian Universalism not only offers the much needed bandages for our wounded world but also gives us shelter and redeems us to a place of wholeness,” says Jules. “As a religious educator, I have the opportunity to be a leader and to encourage a deeper relationship with our faith in adults, to build bridges to bring social justice into our hearts, and to develop a foundation in our faith with our children and youth that will create lifelong Unitarian Universalists.”
Jules has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, as well continuing professional development in the UUA’s Professional Interim Training program, OWL, Multicultural Education, Teacher Development, and Early Childhood Learning. Originally from Barrington, IL, Jules is relocating to this area with her husband Fernando and son Patrick, age 16. Her older son, Niko, lives in Florida.