Julie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. She taught abroad in China, Jordan and in public schools in the U.S. before finding her way to Waldorf Education. Julie did her Waldorf teacher training through West Coast Institute in Vancouver B.C. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation and earned an international teaching certificate from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Julie previously worked at the Olympia and Seattle Waldorf Schools. She is excited to be working at Hawthorne Valley and is grateful to have her daughter grow up on a farm and be surrounded by nature. When not spending time with her family, Julie enjoys felting, cooking, reading, being outdoors and running.