Julie Harris is the new Student Services director for the Pulaski Community School District.
Harris spent the last three years as director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the Shorewood School District. She previously spent four years in the Green Bay Area Public School District as associate director of Special Education. Prior to that she spent 20 years in the Bonduel School District as director of Pupil Services and psychologist.
“We couldn't be more excited to have Julie join our team,” said Allison Space, PCSD superintendent. “With her knowledge and experience, Julie is a perfect fit as she is already demonstrating being the supreme advocate for our student learners.”
Harris said she heard many positive things about the PCSD while at Bonduel. “It has a great reputation,” she said. She has worked for both rural and urban districts so PCSD seemed like a good fit for her, she said. Harris was hired early in the 2021-22 school year with the start date of July 1. She spent five days in the district during last school year to get a head start.
“Wellness is a top priority for staff and students and families. That was a big factor with COVID. Mental health has been a big thing — anxiety, depression, social skills — all those things. Trying to get back into a routine and structure is something we’ll be focusing on.”
Harris is a native of White Pine, Michigan, located near the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park the Upper Peninsula. She is a graduate of White Pine High School. She earned an associate degree in child development from Lake Superior State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation with a minor in psychology from Central Michigan University. From there, she earned a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She earned her administrative certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is working on her doctorate in special education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She expects to graduate at the end of the year.
She and her husband of five years, Chris Harris, have a blended family that included Jamie (Mike) Christie, Mitchell (Tayler) LaBerge, Matthew LaBerge, Jessica LaBerge, Cameron Harris and Mike and Jackie Wienckowski and their children Jayden, Brooke and Ben.
She and her husband enjoy the outdoors, particularly golf, hiking, camping and mountain biking.