Julie Kenny Calzini has a love of working with teenagers and an intense passion for inspiring her students to realize their potential and share their talents to build a better world.
Julie has over 20 years of experience in education. For the past seven years Julie has been a Dean of a private, independent college preparatory high school. During her tenure she helped triple the size of the enrollment, developed a creative and rigorous curriculum which engaged all levels of learners and implemented a Senior Internship program. Prior to her time as Dean she was in a leadership role for over 10 years at one of the top performing Massachusetts Regional High Schools. She served on a committee that conducted action research in order to understand educational trends and affect positive change. The innovative curriculum and a classroom environment that fosters respect and trust serve as principles she still follows in her classroom to this day.
She has taught English, created and co-taught courses which range from “Honors Seminar: Speculative Fiction,” to “Love, Art and Politics.” She has designed courses such as “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make history,” and “Global Health and the Girl Child.” Julie has also developed curriculum for other subjects in independent secondary schools.
Julie has intimate knowledge of the college admissions process and takes a personal interest in guiding students to plan for the future. She created the Future Planning Curriculum which helps prepare students to explore the limitless possibilities in college and beyond. Her students’ successes have been extraordinary: presentations at national conferences, published short stories, poetry and novels, film productions and awards at the state and national level. Graduates have gone on to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bowdoin College, California Institute of the Arts, Bennington College, and many other highly competitive universities.
Julie comes to the Academy at Penguin Hall to lead a school to catalyze young women’s potential. Julie is honored to be the Founding Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development at The Academy at Penguin Hall. As an avid researcher and a dedicated teacher, Julie recognizes the possibilities that exist when teachers afford students the opportunities to think critically, creatively and collaboratively. She is so excited to be part of the founding faculty of The Academy at Penguin Hall. Its mission to educate, empower and enlighten young women to live and to lead exemplary lives speaks to Julie professionally and personally. As the Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development Julie is excited to create an environment for students and faculty where they can thrive intellectually and continue to grow personally. She is also excited to advise on the design of innovative learning spaces and a state of the art Student Center to support the curriculum.
She earned a B.A. in English and Political Science from Merrimack College. She has earned her Master of Arts in Teaching English from Salem State University. Julie is life-long learner often taking classes at various colleges and universities particularly when a topic is relevant to student achievement, health and creativity.