Julie Freeman

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Educational Administration and Policy

Julie  Freeman, School of Education

Field of Study: Educational Studies, PhD - Educational Administration and Policy

Year in Program: 2nd

Geographic Region: Holt, MI

Undergraduate: Holt High School, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University

Prior to UM: I worked for five years as a middle school and high school social studies and math teacher in a rural district in southern Michigan. I was also a basketball coach, class advisor, Youth In Government advisor, and high school athletic activities coordinator.
The best part of SOE so far: The best part about the SOE is being surrounded by people with similar missions and dissimilar views. Coursework and happy hour conversations alike are helping me define my mission in life, and my views of education. There is a great feeling of camaraderie across the school - while everyone wants to be successful, it is not at the expense of others.
After graduation: After I graduate, I would like to go back to work in a school district or in a position with a department of education or an education consulting firm, working on issues of school improvement and school leadership.
Teach me something! My happy place is in a gym, with a basketball. Part of being successful at the SOE is finding time for fun things and physical activity - which for me are combined in basketball. When shooting a basketball, it is really important to keep balanced, which starts with your feet. They should be a little wider than hip apart, with your dominant foot slightly in front of your other foot). Bend your knees, as well. The next part of the balance is actually in your elbow. With the ball in your dominant hand, bend your elbow so it is approximately 90 degrees (I can't ever get it perfect, but close is good enough in this case). Bend your wrist back, so you can hold the ball with one hand, and have the pads of your fingertips and the the upper part of your hand on the ball. Don't rest the ball on the base of your hand - you'll push the ball instead of shoot. Then, rise up (you can jump, or stay on the ground). When you get to the highest point, release the ball, and follow through by snapping your wrist down. You just made a basket! (Or looked good missing). I suggest taking these skills to the IM leagues, where you can play 3 on 3 or 5 on 5 basketball with your new friends at the SOE!