Hi, my name is Julie Israelson and I am a 7th grade Individuals & Societies (Social Studies) teacher. I have taught at Lincoln since 2004. I was the 7th Grade Team Leader from 2009-2013 and currently serve the role of Social Studies Department Chair. I am also the IB Coordinator for our building. I am a Colorado native and graduated from Colorado State University. While in college, I participated in a program called Semester at Sea, which led college students to ten different countries around the world by ship. During this voyage, my passion for traveling and interest in world cultures expanded as a result of the fantastic classes and cross-cultural experiences. It was because of this adventure that I decided to become a social studies teacher. After graduating college, I moved to Nagasaki, Japan to teach English to students of all ages. I lived in Nagasaki for a little over a year and have a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and history. In more recent years, I participated in a teacher study tour to China through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, and a teacher study tour to Japan through the Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies. I also have a huge passion for leading student service learning trips to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and take a group of 7th graders each year.
I earned a degree in History and a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Colorado State University in 2001. I also have a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Boston Language Institute, which I put to use teaching English in Japan prior to teaching at Lincoln. I acquired a Master’s in teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008.
It is my passion to share my love of faraway cultures with my students and inspire the same curiosity in them. I appreciate and value the various cultures my students bring to Lincoln. I believe that through a deeper understanding of people around the world, we can build stronger, more accepting communities.
Born and raised in Colorado, I have a love for the great outdoors and enjoying spending my summers hiking and camping. I enjoy traveling to places near and far. I have always had an interest in experiencing other cultures first hand. I have visited six of the seven continents. I also enjoy music, reading, movies and a strong cup of coffee.
The students, of course!
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
Current: 7th Grade Regular and Honors World Geography Past: AVID 7th Grade Study Hall & Seminar