Team Steel City
Director of Culture and Community
Julianne came to Steel City Academy as an invested citizen and founding board member. She has been deeply involved with the planning and the development of the school, serving as the founding Vice Chair of the Board, and Director of Culture and Community. As a native of Gary, Julianne is deeply committed to ensuring families in Gary have access to excellent educational opportunities for their students. She believes that a competitive and culturally responsive education for all students is the key lever in revitalizing the City of Gary. Julianne also views her work as the continuation of her family's legacy, as she descends from a family of public school teachers and athletic coaches in Gary.
Incredibly passionate about increasing the capacity of urban teachers to arrive at transformative outcomes for students, Julianne began her career as a Special Education teacher in Washington D.C. as a Teach For America Corps Member. After three years, she returned home to Gary and became Manager of Education Leadership for Teach For America - Chicago. Julianne supported other TFA alumni in increasing their impact in the classroom. She conducted research on TFA alumni teachers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana and used the results to design programming that promotes community support, culturally responsive teaching and teacher development. Her experience of building community support in Northwest Indiana and developing excellent urban teachers make her an invaluable part of the Steel City team.
Julianne is a self-professed Urban Ed Nerd. She's actively engaged in the EduColor conversation on Twitter, and enjoys attending lectures and conferences. She's a member of First A.M.E. where she's involved in the Christian Education Committee, and moonlights as a soprano in the young adult choir. Julianne received her B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, with the Highest Distinction and her Masters of Special Education from George Mason University.
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.