Julie Herman has been an Intervention Specialist for Canton City Schools for 14 years, but the most inspiring lesson is that of her own life.
Born with a condition known as Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which limits the mobility of all of her extremities, Julie relies on her faith and determination to prove to herself and others there is no limit to what she can accomplish. Below, Julie describes what is important to her and what makes her proud of her achievements.
My name is Julie Herman and I have been an intervention specialist for Canton, OH City Schools for the past 14 years- 11 years at Lathrop/Compton Elementary and 3 years at Allen Elementary. I lived in Massillon, OH for most of my life until 7 years ago when I moved to Canal Fulton, OH where I had a home built just for me and my service dog Holly. I absolutely love my home and independence.
In 1990, I graduated from McKinley High School and then attended Kent State University and received my degree in Special Education. In 2000, I finished my Masters Degree in Education Administration from Ashland University. I continued with Ashland and received my Masters plus 32 in Early Childhood Education.
In my free time, I like to help out at my church. I teach a class to children ages 5 to 7, sing in our choir, and participate in other activities. I also like to read, play with my niece and nephew next door, and help others be the best they can be. I have an older brother and twin sister.
I can recall a few specific moments that really stand out for me, such as the day in 1996 when I received the phone call that I was hired into Canton City Schools – a dream of mine. Another special day was when I moved into my house in 2003. And in 2006, I received the Milken Educators Award, which honors outstanding teachers and administrators in 48 states, and later I was recognized in Los Angeles, CA with over 100 others from the United States.
I primarily use my mouth for writing and other things that typical people do with their hands, such as typing, cooking, washing etc. I do have a modified van that has custom equipment in it that I need to drive - such as a modified steering/gas-brake system. I also use an electric wheelchair for mobility.
One thing that is important to me is being successful spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I am definitely a "go getter" and don't let anything or anyone stop me. Setting goals for myself and a lot of prayer helps me to accomplish my successes!
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