GMercyU Alumna Named Assistant Principal of Upper Moreland High School

Julie Mazurek, alumna of GMercyU’s Master’s of Education program, was recently named the Assistant Principal of Upper Moreland High School.

Julie completed her undergrad at Drexel University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video. After working in the film industry for a few years, Julie decided she wanted to change career paths, so she pursued a degree in education.

Her first Master’s degree came from Temple University in Elementary Education where she also obtained a certification in Special Education.

Julie worked as a teacher for twelve years, primarily in the Upper Moreland Township School District. She was a 3-5 framework leader for science, where she began to develop her leadership skills. It was at this time that she discovered her passion for curriculum and instruction, which prompted her to pursue a second Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

I chose the GMercyU master’s program for its reputation for outstanding professors and rigorous coursework. I had many colleagues who had successfully completed educational leadership programs at GMercyU and I felt it would be a great fit for me as well.

While in the program, Julie greatly appreciated the flexibility of the online courses and loved the accelerated pace. She really enjoyed the real-world skills and strategies she was able to develop from the practicum and fieldwork experiences.

“The level of support and guidance I received from my professors and advisors was amazing. They helped me to be successful in creating and completing projects that were relevant, meaningful, and provided me with opportunities for practical experience in the field. When I graduated, I felt secure in the knowledge that I was well prepared for a job in educational leadership,” Julie said.

Since graduating from GMercyU, she has moved into a new leadership role at Upper Moreland School District as Assistant Principal. In addition to her supervision duties, Julie is also responsible for climate, culture, and special events. Such events include new student orientation, back-to-school events, parent/teacher conferences, and the senior awards ceremony.

“I am enjoying making connections with our students and look forward to initiating new events and activities at our school to promote school spirit and celebrate pride in our district,” Julie said.