With a degree in mathematics and sociology from Bowdoin College, and years of falling in love with the Maine woods and waters, Julia sought opportunities to make classrooms 'spaces of adventure.' After graduating, she taught in a cognitive disabilities classroom in Montana, was an English teacher in rural Nepal, and a physics lab instructor in Maine. Her desire to teach and expand students’ capacities brought her to Open Sky, where each assignment is individualized and the wilderness serves as the ultimate teacher.
Having served as a Senior Guide at Open Sky, Julia brings a foundation of levity and laughter to her teams. Through modeling an ability to be simultaneously silly and motivated, she inspires students to find comfort and confidence in their authentic selves. She strongly believes that no victory is too small to celebrate and finds joy in the multitudes of teaching moments, especially student to student. Julia has adapted these strengths to support Open Sky students as a Field Medic. She is passionate about being an advocate for each student in the field, and providing them with the physiological care that enables them to fully experience Open Sky.
In her time off, Julia fills her days running long distances slowly, mountain biking and skiing with her friends, and experimenting with vegan baking. She also reminds herself to slow down through journaling and writing letters.