Faces in the Crowd: John Julius
John Julius grew up with a strong presence of educators around him, so it was natural for him to go into the education field. He’s been with RCAS for 32 years and recently decided to hang up his hat.
John began his education journey teaching junior high science. He enjoyed the aspect of impacting student lives in the classroom setting.
John Julius, Stevens High School Principal, says, “That’s the rewarding part of education, is being able to provide students opportunities to learn, opportunities to grow and seeing when they graduate that look on their face. They are moving on and getting into something that they will be able to contribute positively back to society.”
The variety of teaching kept John in the classroom for 13 years. Leading students in committees and in coaching, John’s leadership turned him towards administration. He became the Assistant Principal at Stevens for six years before becoming Principal for the next 13.
He says the administration side is an equally rewarding part of the school system with more of a focus on multi-tasking and resolving problems.
“Opportunity to influence your colleagues, the teachers, the paraprofessionals, the secretaries, the custodians, and security – there’s a lot of people around here, everything that they do is very important for the kids,” says Julius.
John is retiring from the school system this year, but he plans to stay connected to the community.
Julius says, “It’s been a great journey and a lot of challenges along the way, a lot of great things and positive and rewarding things along the way as well and so it’s been 32 years obviously I won’t forget and I do cherish each and every one of them.”