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Faculty & Staff

Julie Smith

“I love our class trips because they enhance our experiential curriculum. When we read a historical fiction novel and then bake gingerbread using a recipe from the early 1800s, or visit the Compass Inn to learn how to punch tin and make dip candles, the children come to understand and appreciate history in a memorable way.”
Grades 5,6 English Language Arts Teacher
Grade 5 Advisor


As a young child, I watched Anne of Green Gables stroll through the woods reading poetry and I imagined that if I were to teach someday, that would be the very best way to do it. As a language arts teacher, I want every student in my classroom to be fascinated with the writing process and discover their author within. I enjoy using creative classroom settings (especially outside) and project-based writing instruction to challenge and develop my students’ writing skills.
I received my B.S. in Education from The University of Pittsburgh in 2005. After taking a hiatus from teaching to enjoy time with my three young children, I returned to my passion in 2015, first as a k-9 substitute teacher, and subsequently as part of Valley School’s full-time staff in 2021.  

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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