Julie was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received her degrees from UC Riverside, and San Jose State University. She has a Multiple Subject Bilingual Cross-cultural Credential in Spanish, as well as a Severely Handicapped Credential. Julie started out her teaching career working in Bilingual classrooms in Riverside, California, and in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Upon return from Mexico, Julie began working as an Instructional Aide at Morgan Autism Center, found it was a job she truly connected with and loved, and decided to move into a teaching position. After her initial 6 years at Morgan Autism Center, Julie left her position for a job with Cirque du Soleil, which is a WHOLE different story! After living with and around the circus world for almost 5 years, Julie eventually returned to teach in autism classrooms in Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, and for a Morgan Autism Center supported program for the County Office of Education in Santa Cruz, before returning to Morgan Autism Center in 2011.