Julia “Jay” Benedith
EDUCATION • Advanced Certificate: Reimaginining Education for a
Racially-Just Society Columbia University
• M.S.T. in Childhood Education Fordham University • B.A. in American Studies Wesleyan University
ENROLLED • Cohort 5
LOCATION • Washington, D.C.
Julia “Jay” Benedith is a progressive educator and a passionate equity leader residing in Washington, D.C. She is the Associate Director of Talent Development at KIPP DC; she also owns her own business J. Benedith Coaching Services. Julia grew up in New York City and attended public schools from kindergarten through high school. She then earned her bachelors degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University, a masters degree in Childhood Education from Fordham University Graduate School of Education, and an advanced certificate in “Reimaging Education for a Racially Just Society” from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Over the past decade, Julia has amassed a wealth of experience in education as a classroom teacher, an after-school specialist, an instructional coach, and an adult facilitator! Additionally, Julia is a founding member of the Teach For America PRISM (LGBTQ+) Board. She has presented at numerous events, such as the Kellogg Human Development Conference, The Thriving Teachers Project, the 2021 Kappa Delta Pi (KΔΠ) Convocation, and the 2022 National Wellness Conference. She is a contributing writer for Truth for Teachers, Edutopia, The Record and The Financial Diet. She is also a contracted facilitator for RISE to Win, and a resident coach for edWell and Access Coaching Collective. Julia’s mission is to close the opportunity gap within the education system—both for educators and their students. Specifically, she is interested in how wellness coaching impacts emotionally-stressed teachers in urban communities. She believes that in order to teach well, educators need to be well! Carol Dweck states, “Becoming is better than being.” Julia conceptualizes her growth as an ongoing process of “becoming.” Her life goals are in sync with her career goals. She commits to learning more about liberatory practices, unlearning oppressive thought patterns, and striving for educational sustainability. Since educational sustainability is foundational to educational equity, Julia tirelessly pursues this worthy cause!
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