Associate Director, North Texas Programs
Julie Morris leads CHILDREN AT RISK’s education and parent engagement research and advocacy efforts in the Dallas-Fort Worth region as Associate Director of North Texas Programs. Prior to joining C@R, Julie served as a 9th & 10th grade 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 the Bush School of Government & Public Service at 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 to support cradle-to-career education initiatives in the Office of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Julie continues to be a passionate advocate for educational equity, social justice, and systems change.
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 is for all Texas children to grow up happy and healthy with access to