Julie (Dolly) Bruey '07, '09
Masters: Secondary Education
- English Teacher
- Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor, Wash.
“My education at P.L.U. prepared me for Graduate School and my career in teaching through a well-rounded course of study that called for critical thinking and sophisticated writing—not only in the classroom, but also in crafting a life-time of service toward education, cultural understanding, and compassion.
“Each professor guided me to uncover my own voice as I studied fiction and poetry. I was challenged—and expected—to compose arguments with rigor as I explored insights of the past. This helped me better understand the present and inspired me to continue seeking insight for the best future. Flannery O’Connor encourages this idea, when she asks, ‘Wouldn’t it be better for you to discover a meaning in what you write than to impose one? Nothing you write will lack meaning because the meaning is in you.’
“Now, in my career as a teacher, I am again expected to shape a voice of my own in order to continue the spirit of learning and service, and to foster a community of life-long learners in a high school setting. Just as I learned to read the words of others in order to uncover my own truths, now I encourage my own students to do the same. And I have learned how to integrate high expectations and standards with compassion. My undergraduate education at P.L.U. definitely prepared me for this.”