Shout Out to One of Indy’s Coordinator
We are thrilled to highlight Brownsburg’s Oasis Coordinator for Tutoring, Julie Van Liew. She is the Coordinator of Curriculum & Special Programs for her school corporation. She began teaching in 1987 in IPS and taught there for ten years. She then continued her career in Brownsburg as teacher, assistant principal and principal before becoming a district administrator. She is a graduate of Marian College and has a Masters in School Administration from Butler University.
Julie and her husband, Jeff and have two children, Kyle and Jessica. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, reading and doing puzzles. Plus, she likes traveling to Florida to visit her dad and to Cozumel with her friends each year.
Here is a photo of her rescue dog, Maggie. It looks like she is helping Julie as she works from home.
Julie’s favorite books include the following:
- Harry Potter series – for adults and children
- Dr. Seuss – enjoyable to read aloud to students
- The World According to Mr. Rogers-Important Things to Remember – provides inspiration when working with students and staff
During this time of social distancing, Julie recalls one of Mr. Roger’s quotes, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Julie believes this is true and important during this pandemic – helpers are everywhere and while they have always been there, it is only now, during crisis that we are truly coming to see them and their good works. During this stay-home time, Julie is still working from home. There are lots of Zoom meetings and conversations with staff to make sure that students have what they need for At-Home Learning. And Julie confesses that she is exercising more because she needs to take Maggie on walks twice a day rather than just the one, she was used to! Maggie is one lucky dog! And so are we that we have Julie overseeing our Oasis Tutoring program in Brownsburg!