Welcome to OPEPP​
Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation

Julie Kugler-Ackley

Prior to joining the OPEPP community, Julie Kugler-Ackley, M.Ed., served as Executive Director of Montessori Programs and a Senior Teaching Professor at the Xavier University Montessori Institute and Teacher Education Program. During her time at Xavier, Julie supported classroom teachers and paraprofessionals in both Ohio public and private schools as a field coordinator and consultant. Julie was also involved with the Ohio Deans Compact for Exceptional Children and the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators.

Julie is AMS (American Montessori Society) credentialed for both EI and EII and holds an Ohio license for grades K-8. She has presented at regional, national, and international Montessori conferences and has teaching experience at all levels of Montessori elementary education. At Xavier, she was involved in the School of Education Community Engaged Learning Initiative. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, attending sporting events, community arts and music performances, traveling, and discovering new restaurants and neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

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