Julie Iraninejad, M.Ed. has a passion for supporting children and families. She has taught regular neighborhood children’s classes for over 15 years, working with families to nurture and strengthen the foundations of good character. She actively teaches the Ruhi children’s class material developed by the Ruhi Institute, and has developed a supplemental curriculum for children ages 0-2 and ages 3-5 which has been very successful in her work at the neighborhood-level building community with families. She is certified as a Montessori teacher for children ages 0-3 and 3-6 by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and also holds public school certifications in early childhood education, elementary education, bilingual education (Spanish and English), and English as a Second Language. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Education in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. She has worked professionally as a teacher in both the USA and China.
Julie is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, and regularly trains teachers and parent educators, throughout the USA and abroad, in Positive Discipline principles and tools for the classroom and home through her educational consulting company, Parenting for a Better World (www.parentingforabetterworld.org). She is a Virtues Project Facilitator and incorporates the strategies of the Virtues Project in her work with families. She is the founder of Camp Virtues (www.campvirtues.com), a yearly summer camp nurturing the development of character in 80+ kids each year. Her newest project is the development of a website to support the core activities of the Baha’i Faith (www.supportingthecoreactivities.org). Her hope is that, as this project develops, many will be able to find valuable resources and support for their work in applying the Baha’i Teachings to the healing of society.
Julie is a wife and mother of two precious daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and singing. Her first CD is entitled Beloved: A Gift of Music and her second CD, Tender Years, is a musical compilation of 26 prayers and Writings of the Bahai Faith for children and families. Julie learned about the Baha’i Faith while studying at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and became a Baha’i in 1995. It has been the central joy of her life to share the Baha’i Writings and Teachings with others.