Erika received her B.S. in Education and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked for Rochester Community Schools in Michigan for 22 years. She has worked with students from elementary to post-secondary education. She is the co-created of Enbrighten®, designed to scaffold student thinking and interactions in which she has been awarded two trademarks. Erika has served as a Coach in the area of literacy and currently facilitates professional learning opportunities for educators. She collaborates with educators, administrators, and businesses in Creating Cultures of Thinking in schools. Erika has been a part of Harvard's Project Zero Perspectives Conferences for the past several years as an Interactive Course Instructor, she has served as a fellow for the Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute, and coaches the Creating Cultures of Thinking online learning course. She is a speaker at the district, state, county and international level. Erika was awarded the John Pino Excellence in Education Award. She was most recently featured in Dr. Ron Ritchhart's book Creating Cultures of Thinking, Arina Bokas's book Building Powerful Learning Environments, and Kids Standard Magazine. She is an advocate for creating quality relationships to foster agency and identity. She is currently studying Neurodiversity, well being, empowerment, and motivation. She enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Passionate about fostering positive interactions and relationships, Julie co-created and earned two trademarks for Enbrighten®, a framework scaffolding the development of norms, roles, documentation and depth of understanding. Her Enbrighten classroom was included as a case study in Dr. Ron Ritchhart’s book recent book, Creating Cultures of Thinking. Julie is committed to collaborating with students and teachers around the world and co-facilitates professional learning opportunities in both academic and business settings. She has presented at multiple Project Zero Perspectives Conferences, served as a fellow for Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute, and coaches online for the Creating Cultures of Thinking course. Julie is an avid reader, committed to life-long learning, and currently, a doctoral candidate at University of Michigan. Prior to that, Julie earned her Ed. Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University and attended Michigan State University, where she earned her B.S. and M.A. in the areas of Language Arts, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Impairment. Julie is in her ninth year as a teacher for Rochester Community Schools and earned a Sparkle Award for her dedication to supporting students with disabilities. She is currently interested in creating opportunities to support all learners through making and transforming the media center into a shipwreck-treehouse-Wonderland.