A Student for Life Julie Olson, Elementary School Principal at Lincoln, still has a student’s sense of summer-break adventure.
“July can’t get here fast enough,” she found herself thinking while finishing up her position as principal at a middle school in the U.S. state of North Carolina and preparing to move to Lincoln. “I can’t wait to go to Ghana.”
Julie still has a student’s desire for education, too. “Part of my professional career is being a learner,” she says. To that end, she’ll be working toward her doctorate while at Lincoln, a qualification to add to the two masters degrees she already holds. With parents who are retired professors, she’s “always been very comfortable in schools.”
An attitude of service motivates Julie’s approach to school administration and cross-cultural life. At her former schools in the US, she’s enjoyed reaching out to refugee families in her district. At Lincoln, the smaller class size attracts her, since time for closer contact makes it easier to help individual pupils.
No stranger to the world of international education, during a three-year stint at an academy in Tanzania Julie fell in love with Africa and got bitten by the travel bug, all at once. She’s happy to be coming back.
“Lincoln is a wonderful school,” she says, “and working in Ghana an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”
Sad to leave behind: her two sea kayaks, and a yurt on remote land in the Virginia mountains
Happy to bring with her: a little hound dog named Hallie and a sponge-like attitude to soak up all the new experiences that Ghana and Lincoln have to offer
Hoping to forget: the snow and cold in North Carolina while enjoying Ghana’s palm-tree tropical climate