I believe that learning, whether that be in the classroom or onstage, should be active, hands-on, and infused with opportunities for students to both lead and collaborate. I promote a dynamic classroom environment utilizing the multiple intelligences and scaffolded lessons to build technique and deepen understanding in theatre arts while also fostering empathy for the human condition.
WHAT I DO
I am committed to expanding the social consciousness of my students, our audiences, and myself by presenting material that is timely and relevant. A core tenant of my mission as a teacher is to continually engage my students in dialogue surrounding issues which affect them and the world around them, such as bullying, peer pressure, eating disorders, and social justice.
WHY I DO IT
Ultimately, I want to see young people who are amazed by themselves and inspired to use their power as artists and human beings to change the world. As a teacher, I am an integral part of transformative experiences in the lives of my students. As a mentor, I aim to inspire creators, artists, and life-long learners.
My students immediately connected with Julie. She treated them with respect and challenged them to approach work in a fresh new way.
Gail Chase, Drama Teacher, OCPS
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