Julie has worked as an educator and therapist with children ages birth to seven for 30 years. Her goals for working with young children are: to provide an authentic learning environment where the child is inspired and honored; to provide the learning tools appropriate for the child’s senses in order to support healthy foundations for a lifelong love for learning; to provide a secure, well balanced, genuinely comfortable energy that fosters the development of trusting communicative relationships; to nurture each child, wholly, through their hearts, hands, and head
Julie has an AS degree in, Early Childhood Education, a BA in Psychology, and a MA in Expressive Arts Therapy. Julie was born in the heart of the Adirondack Park and raised on the shores of Lake Champlain. Julie is a lifelong resident of the Champlain Valley and lives in Westport, NY with her husband, dog and cat. Julie is a mother of two children, who are both currently both college students
Outside of school, Julie is interested in expressive Arts practices, especially music, movement, spoken word, painting, sculpting, color play, drawing, and writing. She is also interested in the cultural traditions of Northeastern Native peoples. Julie is an avid naturalist and gardener, and is especially interested in foraging for medicinal herbs and natural dyes, wildlife tracking, paddling, hiking, biodynamic gardening, marine ecology, and astronomy. Last, but not least, Julie loves fiber Art, particularly needle felting and sewing, and loves sharing these passions with students at Bridge School.