Julie Graden

Program Manager




Julie Graden

Hometown:  Dana, Iowa.  The last I checked, the population was holding at 71 people.  I grew up on a farm with 8  siblings to play with.  I have two grown biological children and two step-children. Together, my husband and I have 10 grandchildren ranging from 2 to 16 years old.  It's always a big happy (busy) event when they all come home!

Educational Background:  I earned my A.A. from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I enrolled at ISU in 1979 and earned my B.S. in Elementary Education.   A majority of my career has been spent in early childhood education and care.  I have taught all ages groups from toddlers to college students but have always enjoyed the administrative part most of all.  I have been here at ISU for over 23 years! Four of those years were spent teaching at the Child Development Laboratory School and the other 19 years have been as the child care coordintor for the university. 

What is the best part about your job?  I enjoy working with families but especially our student parents and finding ways to serve as a resource and support them along their educational journey while they balance family, school and work.  I'm always amazed by their passion to succeed and how hard they work to earn their degree.

Advice to families:  It's all about work-school-life balance!  Focus toward doing the very best you can do every day with the time you have.  Schedule down time; cut out the things that don't add value to your life; surround yourself with positive people; outsource those tasks you can; and take five for YOU!

Hobbies/Interests:  camping, reading, movies, crocheting, visiting grandchildren (not necessarily in that order, of course)