Originally from the Denver area, Julie left Colorado when she was 18 years old in order to study art in New York City. After obtaining a BFA, Julie worked as a flight attendant for 2 years in order to travel and specifically to study the history of art firsthand in Europe. In 2001, she left the United States to go to Rome. While in Italy, she obtained her TEFL certificate to teach English and taught the Italian military and other professionals for 4 years. Julie lived in Italy for about 6 years and then moved on to teach in elementary schools in France for a year and high schools in Spain for two years. In Denver, she has taught English and Italian in private language schools.
While abroad Julie made a great deal of effort to integrate into the culture and as a part of this, she studies the language. In addition to Italian, Julie jas taught herself Spanish and French. Other than traveling abroad to work in the field of education, she has gone to several foreign countries for months at a time in order to participate in artist-in-residence programs, including such places as Estonia, Finland and Costa Rica, among others.
Through her experiences abroad, Julie has become aware of her passion for both languages and education. She takes teaching very seriously and truly believes that any real social change is achieved through education. Included in this is the necessity of the teacher to act as a model and instruct through setting an example.
Julies goal in life is to live in such a way that is authentic in order to be the kind of person that she respects, and in turn, who contributes to society through a positive and optimistic attitude. Julie is an extremely curious person who is always eager to learn more about the world, particularly in regards to other cultures, in order to reexamine existing paradigms and learn new models. For this reason, Julie is constantly studying anything from foreign languages to social dancing. She views herself as a world citizen living in a community that is not limited by boundaries such as nationality or religion. Julie very much looks forward to adding the wealth of knowledge that her new experiences in Bhutan will bring her.