DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Julie Ellis

Executive Director

I am honored in the opportunity to lead Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center and Governor’s STEM Academy. This transition comes in my 20th year of education, as I have served in many roles at New Kent High School since 2001. During that time, I have seen first-hand, the differences in students, their learning styles, and their goals. I firmly believe the path to success looks different for every student on their academic and personal journeys.

I am proud of the many opportunities that Bridging Communities offers students. At Bridging Communities, students are able to get a jump start on their college education and gain certifications and earn credentials to enter successfully into the workforce after high school graduation. As a first-generation college student, I know how challenging it can be to navigate the transition from high school into the workforce, and Bridging Communities provides options and support to help students make this transition smoothly and successfully.

Outside of work, you will likely find me travelling, fishing the Chesapeake Bay with my husband Ray, watching sporting events (Go Packers and VCU Basketball) or writing a paper, as I am currently working on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. Typically, you will also find our labrador retrievers, Rush and Ryder, circling my feet.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

- Ed.D, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, Anticipated Graduation May 2022

- M.Ed, K-12 Administration and Supervision, The College of William and Mary, 2014

- B.S., Health Education and Athletic Training, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Assistant Principal

  • NKCPS Division Safety Coordinator

  • Athletic Director

  • Department Chair and Teacher