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Julie Young

JulieYoungJulie Young’s journey to her present position as President and CEO of the nation’s largest and most influential virtual program began with a love for teaching and learning that goes back to childhood. Today, she is passionate about the positive impact that Florida Virtual has on thousands of families, “The ability to truly create change that you can see making a difference in kid’s and family’s lives…that’s really empowering.” Julie’s interest in combining technology and learning began when she served as a teacher trainer for a partnership between her district and IBM. That experience also ignited her with the vision to apply proven business principles to education. She interacts regularly with business, educational, and policy leaders across the nation to shape the future of learning—and she sees FLVS as playing a significant role. “We’ve provided the model to show that instruction truly can be personalized in a school environment and can be designed around what is best for kids versus the agrarian calendar, sports, summer jobs, and adult schedules.” Julie is also excited about the opportunities online and blended learning models have provided for the profession, thus retaining great teachers who might have otherwise left the field. She takes particular pleasure in identifying and growing leaders. “I had outstanding and supportive leaders along the way, and I feel like it’s a gift to have someone who takes special interest in developing you. That’s one of the most rewarding things I do.” In addition to directing the work of more than 2,000 employees, Julie is a frequent national speaker. She serves on the Board of the United States Distance Learning Association, International Association for K12 Online Learning, Florida Learning Alliance, Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, Florida Sterling Council Board of Directors, K-12 Blackboard Advisory Council Member, and Microsoft K-12 Advisory Council Member Assistant. She was also recognized by Technology & Learning Magazine as one of the Top 30 influencers in Ed Tech, along with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. In 2003, she was inducted into the USDLA “Hall of Fame.”