Nominee’s nameJulie Laburn

SEEN Changemaker CategoryEducation

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Nominee’s job titleFounder, Walker Literacy Center
Nominee’s cityDetroit
Please describe why the nominee is a SEEN Changemaker:

Julie Laburn, an experienced educator, understands that literacy is the key to educational success, and knows that many students in Detroit are under-served. She created a 501-c to tutor and support young students. https://www.walkerliteracycenter.org/about.html Her program meets in a church after school and during the summer where students can develop as readers and writers. She found a space, furnished it, created a curriculum model, and outfitted it with materials and supplies. Her data based curriculum model tracks the progress of each child.
Julie utilizes paid staff and volunteers support her learners.
Julie and her team support the entire student, including academic support, nutrition support, and social-emotional support.

Tell us about the individual’s accomplishments:

Julie Laburn is a public school educator with 30 years experience. Her past positions have included Early Childhood, Elementary Assistant Principal, and currently Middle School Assistant Principal at Berkshire Middle School in Birmingham MI.
As founder of the Walker Literacy Center, she understands the great need for individual student tutoring. Many people also understand the need, but it takes an individual with vision to actually create a plan and find tools to implement it.

How is he/she impacting the community or the lives of people in Metro Detroit or across the world.

Her facebook page highlights the amazing success she has seen this summer. Please visit it to view video of her student's progress.
Julie's support of her students will impact their lives in so many ways. Success in literacy is the key that unlocks all future educational success for these young students.
I am proud to call her my friend.


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