The Winsor School
A leading school for academically promising girls in grades 5-12

Julian Braxton

Years in Teaching: 21

Year Appointed at Winsor: 1999

Winsor courses/levels taught: United States History, The Politics of Identity: Race, Class, and Gender in the United States; African History.

Other Winsor activities: Student Government C0-Advisor; Assembly Committee Chair

What three words would girls use to describe your teaching style? Engaging, Respectful, Passionate

How would you describe your relationships with students? Both as an advisor and as a classroom teacher, I work hard to listen to students (without judgment). Always serving as a mentor; yet, I also value and listen to the opinions of my students because I know I have much to learn from them as do I have to teach them. This unique relationship allows my students to be really comfortable in the class, and I believe has helped my students to express themselves and challenge themselves in a really open and uninhibited way.

Do you have a favorite lesson or project to teach? Oral History Project. Everyone has a story to share about important events in history that they were apart of or witnessed in some way. Having students record these stories, connect with people, hear history firsthand does more than any lecture or textbook could ever do.

What do you love about teaching? Simply put, I love helping students make connections. This in some small way can help students find their voice, their passion, and themselves.

What’s the best thing about teaching at Winsor? There is no place like it! The girls love for learning is in the air. It’s infectious. But beyond that, their love for each other has created a community that feels like home.

Is there a lasting lesson you hope girls take from your classes? Take a stand…no matter the outcome you owe it to yourself and your peers to speak up for what you believe even if you’re the only person willing to speak up.

Favorite Winsor tradition? Under the Lights. There is nothing like it. Look up "School Spirit to the Extreme" and you have Winsor's Under Lights listed. It's a wonderful celebration of "Girl Power."

Personal passions/hobbies: Taking pictures with famous people—or as my students would say, stalking famous people to get my picture taken.

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means keep moving.” Martin Luther King, Jr.