Julia Darcy is a ten-year veteran teacher currently teaching fifth grade at South Side School in Bristol,Connecticut. She earned a BS in a Dual program of Elementary and Specia lEducation and a MA in Special Education from Manhattan College. Julia also studied in the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Julia began her teaching career at P.S. 109 in Bronx, New York where she taught fifth grade for four years. Her family then brought her to Bristol where she has taught both Special Education at the middle school leveland general education at the elementary level. In previous years, Julia served as a Common Core Leader, Grades 3-5 Literacy Leader, and a member of the PBIS and Technology Teams. She is currently the Gifted and Talented Coach, a memberof the School Leadership Team, and District Teacher of the Year for 2017.