Julie is a native to the Pacific Northwest and was raised in a large, blended family where she has nine siblings. She was raised on a small farm in La Center, WA. She always felt called to serving children in some capacity growing up, whether it included babysitting or helping with various children’s camps and organizations. Julie spent seven months in Mississippi where she was a pre-school teacher prior to deciding to work on her teaching degree.
While working to complete her teaching degree, she spent six years as an instructional assistant/co-teacher at an alternative high school in Portland, OR. Since completion of her Oregon teaching degree, Julie taught fifth grade for one year and first grade for seven years in a school with a diverse population. In addition to teaching, Julie served on several committees in the Centennial School District.
Julie is a Concordia University Alumni with a B.A. in Early Childhood Elementary/Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a reading endorsement. She graduated from George Fox University with her Ed.D. in educational leadership where she focused additional course work on Teaching English as a Second or Other Language courses. Her dissertation work focused on the motivations of teachers to stay teaching in high poverty schools. One of Julie’s goals is to help find ways to lower the attrition rate of novice teachers. In her free time, Julie loves to hike, travel, read, and bake.