English Center for Early Literacy Success
Originally from New Jersey, Julie started her career following her father’s footsteps as a high school teacher of 50+ years. She has lived and taught elementary school (grades K-5) in New York City, Delhi, India, and most recently Michigan in ethnically, linguistically and socio-economically diverse settings. A graduate of University of Michigan and Western Michigan University, Julie holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Literacy Studies, and is a certified reading specialist and literacy coach.
Julie’s passion for teaching was largely shaped by her experience as an Indian-American student and educator, where her work in schools centered around anti-bias and anti-racist curriculum development and supporting teachers and students of color. As a grant recipient of the 1619 Project Educator’s Network inaugural cohort, Julie’s commitment towards developing honest and joyful literacy and social studies content deepened. In 2022, her team’s unit was listed in the Pulitzer Center’s Top Ten Lesson Plans of the Year. Julie has guest lectured and worked with preservice teachers at the University of Michigan and led national professional development workshops on empowering elementary curriculum focused on enslavement and identity. She is eager to integrate her previous experience with her work at Stand as a Curriculum Designer for Great First Eight K-2 as part of the Center for Early Literacy Success team. Outside of work, Julie enjoys yoga, writing, swimming, and walks around her neighborhood.