Assistant Director, Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being
Julie Morris joined CHILDREN AT RISK in July 2017 and serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being. Hailing from Pittsburg, PA, Julie’s perspectives on social welfare and educational equity were molded as a high school English teacher and 2012 Teach for America Corps Member in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the classroom, Julie acquired expertise in data-driven instruction, curriculum design, and character education. Julie holds a Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M University where she led research projects spanning state Medicaid policy, early education financing, and human-trafficking. In 2016, she was selected as an Urban Leaders Fellow and support cradle-to-career education initiatives in the Office of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Julie is a passionate education advocate and is excited to serve students and parents in North Texas and beyond.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an archeologist like Indiana Jones. I was always digging for buried treasure in the backyard and going on neighborhood expeditions with my brothers.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I really struggled with reading in elementary school. I found most stories and books boring and would rather daydream than follow along in class. In third grade when it was clear I was getting behind my peers, my father forced me to read aloud to him every night. Stubborn and embarrassed, I stumbled over a story of a boy wizard that finally matched my own imagination. I learned to love reading through Harry Potter and have never stopped.
What is your dream for Texas children?
My dream for all Texas children to grow up happy and healthy with access to high quality education regardless of their social and economic status.