Julia received her Master of Education in TESOL from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Spanish from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language in both the United States and throughout the Middle East to adolescents and adults. She has worked as an instructor for Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in both Colorado and Texas. In the Middle East, she taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in a variety of contexts, and she successfully founded and managed an English language center that focused on test preparation, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and teacher training. She has trained teachers, in seven different countries, on best practices for delivering their English language programs using communicative methodology. Currently, she serves on the Colorado TESOL Board as the Teacher Education/Action Research SIG co-chair. Her professional interests include ways of making classrooms more student-driven, using Computer Assisted- Language Learning (CALL) to supplement lessons and engage learners, and materials development.