It takes a village to help a school and district function properly and effectively. All employees play a significant role in the educational process and the lives of young children, families, and the community. This month we’re honoring an outstanding teacher who continues to impact students and demonstrates excellence in the classroom.
Julie Stewart enjoys being a 3rd-grade teacher at Daniel Pratt Elementary. As a former stay-at-home mom, once her children were all in school, she followed her undeniable passion for the classroom. Mrs. Stewart is a proud graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Stewart teaches math, science, and social studies because she loves watching students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. She feels these life skills are valuable and necessary for success and continued growth and development.
“Math was not my favorite subject in elementary school, and it caused anxiety for me. One of my goals is to help students overcome that fear and enjoy math,”.she shares
In addition, she desires to help students gain knowledge and master concepts and skills in all subjects. She shares, “It builds them for the future, enhances self-confidence, and fosters independence. It also builds character in the classroom by modeling excellent behavior. I hope to help them to be positive world changers.”
Throughout her career, Mrs. Stewart feels that teaching is about building relationships and inspiring students to be the best versions of themselves. The positive relationships she’s developed with students and families directly impact student engagement and success.
Julie Stewart can’t imagine being anywhere but the classroom. When she eventually retires, she hopes to continue volunteering and possibly substituting in the school.
Julie has been married to Steve Stewart for 36 years. They have three children: Devan, Daniel, and Hannah, plus a two-year-old grandson (Eli).