Natalie Ballard began her work with children 15 years ago and hasn’t stopped!
Working with infants to school age children and fostering an environment of constant learning, respect, inclusivity and fun has been among her greatest focuses.
She began her work in early childhood education during her high school years in Arlington, TX, moving her way up in the facility to have the privilege of aiding students with her role as a substitute teacher. She graduated Martin High School with Honors and with a certificate from the esteemed Ready, Set, Teach! program where she student taught at Wood Elementary in grades 4th and 5th. She continued to work with students in both full time before and after school care as well as summer camp in Arlington and Lewisville where she rose to Team Lead positions, overseeing other staff as well as writing and implementing student curriculum. During her studies at The University of North Texas, Natalie had the privilege of student teaching at the Ann Windle School for Young Children in their dual language program.
After graduation from the UNT College of Arts with concentrations in Education, Business and Linguistics, Natalie went on to teach privately both in early childhood roles and with elementary age children as a teacher. During the summer Natalie continued work as a speciality teacher - teaching Art, Science and the Culinary to students ranging from 2 to 13! After 12 years in various roles in both public and private school environments, Natalie stepped out of the classroom and into management, using her knowledge of students, curriculum and business skills to take a role as Assistant Director of the School Age program. Cultivating relationships with parents, staff and students and running a building of your own is a rewarding challenge and Natalie was able to take the program from 45 students to over 100 enrolled.
Now more than ever with the ever changing world around us, it is important that we take on challenges with joy, determination and passion; It is a blessing to get to pursue such things with the North Texas Conservatory!