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COE alumna named Leon County Teacher of the Year

December 17, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Julie Arasi, a three-time FSU College of Education alumna, was named the 2015-2016 Leon County Schools Teacher of the Year.

Arasi, a third-grade teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary School, has been teaching for eight years. She initially began at the school as a physical education teacher before transitioning to a classroom position. “I found my dream job at Kate Sullivan,” said Arasi.  “This is all I want to do — connect with students and watch them learn.”

This semester, Arasi graduated from the FSU College of Education with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Administration. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2007 and a master’s degree in Physical Education the following year.

Arasi has brought the COE’s “student focused, innovation driven” concept into her own classroom at Kate Sullivan. She was noted in the Tallahassee Democrat for fostering student engagement in learning through educational initiatives inside and outside the classroom when she launched “Genius Hour,” a program that facilitates students’ participation in research-based projects. “Genius Hour” gives students opportunities to interact with local experts in specific fields, such as science or public speaking. She is also behind a new initiative called I-LEAD, which bolsters students’ involvement with their own education.

For more information on Julie Arasi and the LCS Teacher of the Year finalists, view the article by the Tallahassee Democrat.

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