Julia joined Hilltop in 2019 as AfterCare staff. She was introduced to the Montessori world at age 3 and attended a Montessori school in Ithaca, NY for 6 years. She got her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College in Animal Behavior, studying African elephants in Botswana. Since college, she has found herself back in the Montessori community. She is currently in AMI training through Montessori Northwest and is pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood Education at Whitworth University. When not in class or on campus, Julia enjoys exploring the outdoors with her golden retriever and working on her latest art project. Julia loves traveling, cooking, animals, and working with children.