Julie Lerch

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What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?

In college, I started out as a speech pathology major, and during my first semester, I took a course that involved working one on one with students in a special education setting.  I loved helping drive students towards those lightbulb moments, and making learning fun!  I loved it so much, in face, that I switched my major to teaching, and never looked back!

What continues to keep me inspired, is learning about my new students, as well as new ways to teach them best.  With each child that I meet, I love learning about what they love.  I have found when I do that, their learning and lightbulb moments fall into place.  


If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?

At the preschool level, children are learning and growing at a phenomenal rate!  It is during these years, that children need a loving, fun, and secure environment, in which they feel comfortable to explore, learn, and grow.  It is always my goal to provide those things within our pre-k classroom! I love the concept of using what motivates a child, in a way where there is a mutual benefit, learning and fun. I just love the idea of thinking outside of the box, while helping a child learn!

What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?

When children leave my classroom, my number one priority is that they have experienced what it feels like to love learning.  I want to instill curiosity, the ability to feel safe leaning something new, respect of themselves and others, and learning to work and live along side friends. 

Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?

Spending time with my family in the great outdoors is one of my very favorite hobbies.  Watching my young children explore and discover new things is so much fun to experience.  We love hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, and going on trips.   In addition to being with my family and friends, I love learning new things about photography, learning new ways to teach kids

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