As the current director of Technology and Innovation Education in Rapid City, South Dakota, Julie is recognized as both a regional and national thought leader in the arena of transformative technologies. Her presentations incorporate current and emerging examples of technology which make the vision of customized teaching and learning feasible and reachable. Mathiesen began her educational career as a high school science and art teacher. In 2003, Mathiesen was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. She applied this fellowship to studies at Pepperdine University in the Educational Technology doctoral program and later received her Ed.D from this institution. As the chief learner at TIE, she embraces the potential of technology readily and models effective applications for her colleagues continually.