Ms. Julia taught for five years in Detroit, including serving as writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Magazine program. As a teenager, she was Detroit Summer’s first volunteer, later taking a leadership role. Julia wrote a regular column on education (“Learning for Life”) for The Michigan Citizen, which has been required reading at major Michigan universities. As a member of the founding team of the Boggs School, she began formally meeting with other educators in 2008 to make the idea of the school a reality. She attended the National Principals Leadership Institute as an Excellent Schools Detroit fellow in 2013 and was the keynote speaker at Eastern Michigan University's 2014 Eco-Justice Conference. In 2015, Julia served as a member of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren and, in 2019, was the co-keynote speaker for the University of Michigan's Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. As the Principal, Julia works with teachers, parents, and students on developing and maintaining positive school culture and ambitious instruction. She has a twelve-year-old daughter who attends the Boggs School and a fourteen-year-old son. Julia holds a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University, a master's degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy, a master's degree in Education and teaching certification from Wayne State University, and administrative certification from the Michigan Association of Secondary Principals. Julia brings expertise in teaching, leadership, youth development, and community organizing.