Julie Simmons has been teaching first grade at Columbus Academy since 2019, having taught various grade levels in the Lower School since 1996. She also previously served as the lower school math curriculum coordinator. Julie achieved National Board Certification as an early childhood generalist in 2001, this coming one year prior to obtaining her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction/literacy focus from Ashland University. Julie and her husband Ed have two children, Tony ’08 and Kelly ’10.

Julie’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy
The amazing campus and the freedom faculty members have been given to use the outdoors to support the curriculum. Forest Fridays are simply the best! Also, the sense of community that is part of CA - and the tremendous professional development opportunities available to faculty.

Little-known fact
It is not little-known, but I am an over-the-top hockey fan. I will watch any hockey, any time. I am so excited to have a CA hockey team to support, as I have gone to see several of my lower school students play in hockey games through the years.” 

Favorite sports team
Columbus Blue Jackets

  • B.S. Bowling Green State University , Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. Ashland University , Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Focus