Congratulations to Julie Sturgill, the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Dan Evans Alumni Leadership Award. This award is presented to Ohio University Southern alumni who are making a difference as leaders in the Community.
Sturgill is a third grade teacher at Dawson-Bryant Elementary School and has been an educator for 22 years.
Her administration and colleagues describe Julie as creative, passionate, genuine, empowering, caring, dedicated and inspiring. They noted she is known as a “go-to” person who is not afraid of change and who is willing to go the extra mile or two when needed.
These attributes proved especially beneficial during the past year as her classroom transformed into a virtual one for some time and instead of sharing her love for reading with 100 students, Sturgill found herself with a more intimate classroom of 15 students who she would teach all subjects throughout the day.
An eternal optimist, Sturgill described this experience as an opportunity for her to learn, to engage students in new ways, and to interact more closely with each of the 15 students.
When Sturgill is not in the classroom, much of her time is dedicated to helping others through real life ministries here in Ironton.
Assisting individuals who are recovering from drug/alcohol addiction is one aspect of this ministry she and her husband, Pastor Rick Sturgill, began six years ago. The ministry remained active throughout the pandemic, with the exception of just a few weeks, helping to serve food, provide clothing as well as other vital resources.
She attended Ohio University where she earned both a Bachelor of Science in Education (early childhood) and a Master of Science in Education (computer education and technology).