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Julia D

Author / Educator


I am an experienced author and educator with an emphasis on special needs families. My freelance writing offers a unique perspective that utilizes my teaching experiences.

Key Skills & Competencies

educational writing, writing for parents, teaching, developing curriculum, creating engaging lesson plans for diverse learners

Professional Experience

Bryant and Stratton 2 years
- Instructor for CLP courses, with a focus on Communications and English courses
Daemen College 3 years
- Assistant for Physical Therapy Professors, Writing Coach at Student Success Center
Goodwin College 3 years
- General Education: Developmental Reading/Writing, Composition, Literature Instructor
- Trained in Universal Design for Learning
Jamestown Community College 3 years
- Reading Instructor in the Developmental Studies Program

SUNY Fredonia Student Supervisor 4 years
- Assists Student Teachers in effective management and instructional strategies throughout Student
- Teaching Placement

Acts as a liaison between the Field Placement Cooperating Teacher and SUNY Fredonia
Adjunct Professor 3 years
College of Education: Instructed Literacy 2 Methods Course
Assisted in developing comprehensive assessments for NCATE Standards
Developed curriculum to meet current trends in literacy education

Freelance Writer 11 years-Present
Published 65+ nonfiction books for the education and trade market as Julia Garstecki
Visited schools as guest author and author-in-residence
Feature Writer for several magazines about special education, general education and parenting topics.
For review of books and articles, visit my website,

School Grade Teacher Bemus Point Elementary School, Bemus Point, NY 5 years
- Created a year-long oral history project focused on ELA competencies, and also fostered relationships within the community and encompassed all aspects of literacy and character development
- Instructed three day course focusing on Orton Gillingham to peers
- Assisted in scoring 4th Grade ELA Assessment
- Assisted in scoring 5th Grade Social Studies Assessment

Resource Room Assistant,Chautauqua Lake Central High School, Mayville, NY
- Assisted in Global Studies courses to freshman resource students
- Assisted in all areas of studies for grades nine through twelve

Community Experience

Zonta International
Engage in activities to advance the status of women locally and world wide


Bachelor of Science Elementary Education, Masters in Literacy Instruction, Special Education Certification

Other Experience/Awards/Publications

Sam’s Club/Walmart Teacher of the Year 2003

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