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Julie Jackson is currently the Managing Director at Uncommon Schools, managing ten elementary schools in New York and New Jersey. A former high school principal and founding elementary school principal, Julie also taught mathematics to urban New Jersey students for ten years. Julie began her career as a corps member at Teach For America. She taught Language Arts and Math at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Paterson, NJ, for four years, where she co-chaired the school improvement team, coached a competitive girls basketball team, and was honored in 1998 as Teacher of the Year. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Dodge Leadership Award for principals who have shown strong leadership and initiative. Most recently, she was awarded the Peter Jennings Civic Leadership Award, given to a Teach For America alumnus who has demonstrated leadership throughout his/her career and who has made a long-lasting impact on the public school education system. Julie earned a B.A. in Communications from Shippensburg University, and M.Ed. in Educational Administration from William Paterson University, and did graduate work in African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Julie is a Fellow of the 9th class of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.