2007 to Present
Julie Francisco started working for Woodroe Woods School in 2002, as an on-call substitute teacher. When her youngest daughter started kindergarten at Proctor Elementary School in Castro Valley, Julie began her journey on a Monday-through-Friday position with the preschool age children in Building B. For the past six years, she has worked alongside Becky Paasche and Katrena Shepard with the Zebra group of children.
Prior to working at Woodroe Woods School, Julie worked in the medical laboratory field managing many departments for Nichols Institute and Quest Diagnostics. While she enjoyed working with her colleagues and adult patients, she was mostly drawn to the pediatric departments. She enjoyed playing with and comforting the infants and children, and was frequently called upon to collect lab samples in difficult situations. She would often volunteer at Oakland Children’s Hospital to support the staff and patients for fun events during the holidays.
In her spare time, Julie enjoys exploring and spending time with her family (husband, two daughters, and dog). She is a true soccer mom, dedicating much of her time on the fields to Katie, her competitive, soccer-playing daughter. She's also the proud parent of an amazing artist, and supports the silly quirks of her artsy daughter Julia. Julie is the owner of a beautiful little campground on a beach in Mendocino County. Nestled among the sky-high redwood trees, Anchor Bay Campground is Julie's favorite place to relax.
Julie spent several years working with the teachers at the Laurel Center, in an environment based on early childhood development. She will continue to pursue and expand on her education in this field. Being a teacher is her passion, and a childhood dream come true.