Julie Hembree is a school library media specialist passionate about using technology as a tool that educators can use to open classrooms so students around the world can have access to a quality education. With her students, she founded a Books to Africa program, providing thousands of books to children in underserved partner schools in Lesotho and South Africa for the past eight years. In 2018 she was the co-leader on the Cultivate World Literacy project, where 110 classrooms across six continents collaborated on ways students could help each other and be agents of change in reducing world illiteracy. She has travelled twice to South Africa as a volunteer educator teaching reading and technology. Julie sponsors the We Schools program at her school, working to open her students’ minds to current issues and the importance of participating in local and international humanitarian projects as global citizens.
She has over 30 years of teaching experience as a high school English teacher, primary classroom teacher, reading specialist, and as a school library media specialist. She also serves as a technology lead at her school and provides training for students and teachers in her district. She has a BA in English Literature, and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.
Julie has presented regionally and nationally at WLMA, ISTE and NCCE on conferences. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Surface Expert and Skype Expert. She participated in the Microsoft Global Forums in Prague, Barcelona and Budapest. She has had magazine articles published in Knowledge Quest and the Microsoft Innovative Educator magazine. In her free time, you will find her on the beach searching for seaglass, reading or spending time with her family and dogs.