Prior to joining the Holdsworth Center, Julie Poluszejko was managing director of leadership development for a non-profit, where she focused on coaching and developing a portfolio of seven Dallas ISD principals and facilitating professional development for over 650 school and district leaders.
She also helped launch the Texas Instructional Leadership Initiative in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, which focused on ensuring leaders from the 100 regional Education Service Centers across Texas were proficient in data practice and inclusive student routines.
Julie began her career as an elementary teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she developed a love of teaching young readers and watching their own love of reading ignite.
While teaching, she earned her master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, which led to her transition into school leadership. She spent six years as a school administrator and principal in Memphis, Tennessee. Her previous experiences include roles with Relay Graduate School of Education, TNTP, and KIPP, amongst other organizations.
Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech, where she spent a year analyzing urban cities and their built environments as a tool to foster social change. She bridged the gap between architecture and education while working for an architecture firm focused on designing public and private learning institutions and schools.
Julie is a proud Pittsburgh native. Outside of work she enjoys stacking up airline miles, any chance to move her body, and hinging her hopes each Fall and March on the Virginia Tech Hokies.