Julie Insinga is a 2011 graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she earned a dual certification in early childhood and childhood education, with a concentration in English. Ms. Insinga graduated with academic honors and was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society, an organization founded in 1911 to promote excellence in education through service and leadership. Julie Insinga completed her student teaching requirements at Woodward Parkway Elementary School, located in the Farmingdale Public School District in Farmingdale, New York. During her years of undergraduate study, Julie Insinga completed 229 hours of observation and participation at several schools, including Mount Markham Elementary School, Riverside Elementary School, and Bugbee Children’s Center. She currently holds an Assistant Teacher position at Imagine Early Learning, a preschool located in Port Washington, New York. Julie Insinga also tutors fourth-grade children with one-on-one instruction in reading and phonics. Active in her community, Julie Insinga volunteered as part of the Big Buddy Program of Delaware County, where she happily mentored children ranging in age from 5 through 8. This program allows children to enjoy the company of another adult in their lives who can broaden their perspectives and encourage them to set and meet higher goals in life. In 2010, Julie Insinga participated in the Reach Out and Read program, reading stories to patients in the pediatric ward at a Basset Healthcare facility. She also participated in the Family Read-In Night at Woodward Parkway Elementary. Julie Insinga supports local charitable causes, including Sean’s Run, an annual 5k road race held in Chatham, New York, founded in memory of a 17-year-old high school runner who died in a car accident. The money raised by the run goes toward school grants to combat underage drinking and to fund scholarships.