Redwood Forest National Park, 2017
         Hello! My name is Julie McKinnon. I am very excited to be teaching 5th grade this year! The wonderful experiences that I had at Vance Elementary as a student inspired me to become a teacher. I am from Coaling, Alabama, and after attending Vance, went on to graduate from Brookwood High School in 2004.
         I am an alumnus of the University of Alabama, where I earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (2008), and graduate degrees in Gifted and Talented Special Education (MA: 2010 and Ed.S.: 2014). Most recently, I attended Samford University earning a certification in Educational Leadership/Administration in 2015. I am a lifelong learner, and love teaching children to be also.
        I believe that elementary school plays an important part in making a learning a positive experience for children. These formative years should be a time for the exploration of knowledge and celebration of learning. Encouraging children on this journey and helping them grow into independent thinkers is my daily goal. 
       I have a husband and 2 sons. We enjoy camping and exploring, and are currently on a National Park and Landmark kick. Our goal each summer or school break is visit as many as possbile. I love renovation projects, looking at antique shops, and reading a good book.
    Education and Awards
    Brookwood High School (Advanced Diploma) May 2004
    University of Alabama (Bachelors of Science in Education) May 2008
    University of Alabama (Masters of Arts in Education) December 2010 
    University of Alabama (Educational Specialist) August 2014
    Samford University (Certification in Educational Leadership/Administration)
    University of Alabama's Teacher of the Year Nominee from Vance Elementary School (2013-2014 School Year)
    National Board Certified Teacher Induction Class of 2019
    (2009-Present) Vance Elementary School: Grades 3, 4, & 5
    (2008-2009) Brent Elementary School: Grade 4