Julie Scudder, Greenwood Coordinator
I spent 33 years teaching primary grades. All but four of those years, were spent in 1st grade. I absolutely loved seeing their growth from beginning of school to year end. My goals for them stayed true. I wanted them to enjoy coming to school, and have a love of books and reading. I felt strongly that if you don’t enjoy coming to school when you are 6… it is going to be a long haul until your senior year! I tried to make it as fun as possible. Having Oasis tutors come to meet with some of my students was an added bonus, so when I retired and was asked to oversee the Oasis Program in Greenwood, it was a delight. The best part is ~ I get to share the job with Kathy. She and I taught next door to each other for over 30 years and have common goals. We know, from a personal connection, what a positive impact an Oasis tutor can have on a student.
In addition to being a co-Oasis tutor for Greenwood, I have a couple other part time endeavors. I am a personal grocery shopper for a company called Shipt. I shop and deliver groceries to customers a few days a week. Oasis tutors often say they get more out of tutoring than their students do that is how I feel about Shiptshopping. I love being able to help people who need this service. I also have my own handwriting business. It is nothing big and elaborate, but it is a fun hobby of mine to hand address wedding invitations, make banners and signs.
Spending time with my family is so important. I have two grown children. Maura lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband and foster son, Oliver. In addition to being a social worker for a group of doctors, Maura and her husband, Ryan own several gyms. It has been a light in my life to be called “Nina” and spend time with their soon to be 3-year old. My son, Kevin, lives in Florida. I am lucky enough to get to spend part of my winters there. Sunshine, warm temperatures, and being outside are favorites of mine!
In my free time, I enjoy walking with Kathy. We try to walk around 15 miles a week. I also have a great group of friends in my neighborhood. We spend a lot of weekend time together playing cards, cooking out, swimming etc. I also belong to a book club and certainly enjoy reading. Here are a few of my favorite books:
Children’s Books ~ Charlotte’s Web, Strega Nona, and Miss Tizzy
Adult Books ~ Have a Little Faith by Mitch Album, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, and most anything by Elin Hildebrand because I love books that take place close to the ocean!
Funny fact: I still read aloud to my two sisters (ages 55 and 52) every summer when we take a beach trip together,