Julia Alexander (she/her) has spent her career teaching and learning alongside elementary-aged students in grades Pre-K through 5. Currently, she is a first grade classroom teacher at Pike School in Andover, MA, where identity, inquiry and play are the heartbeat of her practice. In addition to her student-facing work, Julia has facilitated monthly SEED groups for her colleagues at Pike. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and holds an M.A. (Reading Specialist) and an M.Ed. (Private School Leadership, Klingenstein Center) from Teachers College, Columbia University. Attending KSI as a participant remains one of the most impactful professional experiences of her career, and she is thrilled to return to KSI as co-lead teacher for the elementary cohort. Julia and her spouse are the parents of two young children, and spend much of their free time immersed in imaginary play alongside the characters of Sesame Street.