Juliana Worrell is the founding principal of North Star Academy Fairmount Elementary School, a national Blue Ribbon award-winning charter school that is a part of the Uncommon Schools network. Prior to launching Fairmount, Juliana was a founding teacher and instructional leader at North Star’s first elementary school. During her Uncommon Schools fellowship year, Juliana led a national team of instructional leaders to refine and enhance a comprehensive guide on how to teach K-4 Reading (to be published in January 2013). Juliana started her teaching career as a 2004 Teach for America corps member, where she taught 1st and 4th grade in Newark Public Schools. She received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 2004, majoring in Political Science. Juliana is looking forward to collaborating with some of the brightest minds from across the country as a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.