Mother. Wife. Writer. Reader. Teacher. Homesteader. Pickleballer.
I’m Julie –
- Master of Education, Educational Leadership Lewis University
- Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, ESL/Bilingual Instruction National Louis University
- Bachelor of Science in Education, Spanish Education Miami University
I am a first-generation Chinese-German American. Though my mom speaks Mandarin and my dad speaks German, I am fluent in Spanish. My love for language led me to the classroom, where I taught children and adults until 2018.
After leaving teaching, I immersed myself in the world of picture book writing, with the intention of becoming a traditionally published author.
When I unexpectedly returned to teaching in 2021, I decided to combine my teaching experience with my love for picture books.
In between writing, reading, teaching, and spending time with my husband and three children, you can usually find me somewhere on Red Tail Ranch in a town just south of I-80, Illinois.
To inspire picture book readers of all ages to look closer, dig deeper, and think beyond.