Julie Kandall worked for thirteen years as a teacher before joining Columbus Pre-School as the educational director in 2011. Julie worked with children ages 3 months to 3rd grade, and also worked in kindergarten admissions at NYC private schools. Julie knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age, having struggled with dyslexia as a student and having seen first-hand the power of good educators and their ability to make learning fun and enjoyable for all students. Knowing that she wanted to be able to build confidence in children the way her favorite teachers did for her, Julie went on to study psychology and educational studies at American University as an undergraduate before obtaining her master’s degree from Bank Street School of Education in Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention (birth- 2nd grade). Julie enjoys instilling the same love of learning she does with our students with her six-year old daughter, Marlow (a recent Columbus Pre-School graduate), with whom she explores the city’s parks and hiking trails beyond the city limits.