Julia joined the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development as the Coordinator of Services in 2009. This campus is home to her having attended the University School for 12 years and graduating from ETSU with a degree in social work. Before leaving the state for work in Wisconsin, she completed a master's degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee. During her 30 plus years in Wisconsin she worked in a variety of early childhood efforts.. She is the former State Head Start Collaboration Coordinator and directed many training and technical assistance efforts for Head Start and other early childhood programs. Her most recent work in at the University of Wisconsin Waisman Center, included supporting the development of a coordinated system of professional development for state early childhood initiatives. The core of her work has been with the Portage Project, a family centered program for young children and their families. Through her work with the Portage Project, she has had the opportunity to meet early childhood experts in this country and abroad and to share a commitment to quality programs for young children.
The primary focus of her work in the Center is organizing the Annual Early Childhood Conference. This conference offers a quality professional development experience for early childhood educators from Tennessee and surrounding states. The conference, with over 1,200 participants, is known for bringing nationally recognized early childhood experts to the ETSU campus. In addition to work on the conference, Julia is involved in grant writing and will be supporting a new project related to integrating science and physics in the early elementary grades.