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Julie Simone earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in elementary and special education from Vanderbilt University. Now in her 33rd year of teaching, Julie has taught everything from preschool to graduate school. In 2013, after finishing a three-year Lipscomb University/Cameron Middle School Partnership for Professional Development, she became an Instructor in Lipscomb University’s College of Education and Lead Faculty Liaison for Teach For America (TFA).
Simone’s most rewarding moments include seeing her former Cameron students on the Lipscomb University campus in various undergraduate programs (including Pioneros Scholars) and watching her TFA educators learn and grow as they strive to serve their students. She also works for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Read to be Ready Summer Grant program. Her vision and teaching focus on humanizing students and education. She promotes inclusive, responsive, and effective practices for equitable access in classrooms and communities, with an emphasis on advocacy, literacy, and family engagement. Using a strengths-based approach and trauma-informed practices, she works to remove barriers with a goal that all students and families have access to high-quality instruction and learning experiences.
Julie and husband Stephen are parents to Matthew.