Julia Richardson is a Master of Education candidate with UCLA in the Teacher Education Program. She received her Bachelor of Art from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 and completed classes with UCLA Extension in child development. She is a YogaWorks Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT200) for both adults and children. Her background ranges from teaching at-risk youth with emotional disturbance and multiple disabilities, therapeutically serving elementary aged children with autism from underrepresented communities in South LA, and leading classes in yoga and relaxation techniques for adults and children, to working children with chronic illness in the hospital as an art coach, and providing visual and healing arts therapy for children and adults with autism.
She believes children across the globe unquestionably deserve access to a high quality education, the single greatest resource for ensuring career and college readiness, future prospects and economic stability. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in a commitment to practicing social justice, global consciousness and culturally relevant pedagogy. Her focuses include supporting literacy through creative storytelling, restorative justice practices and social-emotional growth in the classroom. She has traveled to Israel (and the State of Palestine), Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Czech Republic and Canada.