Julia Marina, encouraged by her parents, began drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She soon discovered that regardless of the materials available, she has a deep rooted passion for all things creative. Whether Julia finds a discarded object to repurpose, or is commissioned to design a piece, she immerses herself in the joy of creating something to enhance the world around her.
Julia is a graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, with dual degrees in Art and Psychology, and a Minor in Education. Her studies in behavioral neurosciences, learning and cognition inform her practices daily in her classroom working with her beloved students. Julia is dedicated to introducing new methods of problem-solving skills to her students, as well as helping learn to find their own voices in the world through creative expression.
Julia Marina has a broad spectrum of content areas she has been honored to teach others, including Advanced Placement Physics and Astronomy, and independent research delving into art therapy methods to assist learning and cognition. She embarked upon a new adventure when provided the opportunity to relocate to Virginia and continues to pursue her passion for teaching. She currently teaches 8th grade physical science at a local Middle School. Julia engages her students daily with creative projects that combine purposeful development of planning and procedures through students' natural inquiry, inventive and creative skills. She strives to share her passion for learning across all curriculum, including science, art and history. Each subject area is an integral part that interrelates to the human experience. will When challenges arise, she builds her own tools and practices acquiring new skill sets, making anything from readily available resources. This motivation to succeed regardless of resources is its own skill that Julia shares with her students so that they learn to create their own set unique set of personal tools relevant in their educational experiences and life beyond.
In the summer of 2018, Julia was honored to be accepted into the last cohort of the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy. Alongside NASA astronaut recruits, she went through their intensive and demanding training and was later selected as the Director of mission control to lead all crew and specialists in simulations for NASA missions to the ISS and return voyages. Julia believes that every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow, and her positive outlook has helped her forge ahead and embrace new opportunities. Her current focus is to pull her experiences into the evolving series of art installations that identify endangered species and acknowledge each human has the potential to change the world and the freedom to explore their highest potentials.
Julia was a recipient of a 2011 P.E.O Grant for Continuing Education and a Saint Edward's University Still Water Scholarship. She has participated in juried art exhibitions, both through St. Edward's and through community sites. When Julia is not immersed in teaching physics and advancing her knowledge of neurosciences, she spends much of her free time exploring nature and the potential of the human mind. She joyfully creates art with her family and students and purposefully revels in the transformative potential of creating art each day.
"The human ability to take part in creation, and my innate passion for fine arts in all forms, drives my momentum and propels me forward so that I face each moment, every challenge with intent, embracing it all to the fullest."