Julie Marchand joined Meridian in August 2020 as a second grade teacher. Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from DePaul University and is certified in elementary education. Julie has taught both 2nd and 3rd grades in Dubai and Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, as well as 4th grade in Carinthia, Austria. She has completed Category 1, 2 and 3 IB-PYP training. Julie strongly believes in the values of the IB program. She strives to create a community of learners. Ms. Marchand encourages her students to take risks and learn from their experiences in order to take charge of their learning. Julie is looking forward to working with a very enthusiastic team to develop open-minded and well-rounded lifelong learners!