A desire to serve her community led Executive Director Julie Teague to Amigos de Jesus to work as a volunteer at the Mercado. Soon it became evident that there was a need to help the families of our Spanish speaking neighbors navigate the educational system so that all students have the same opportunity to achieve a bright future. Julie and the team at Amigos are working to inspire and equip students to obtain the skills necessary to have successful careers and to be life changers in their community. Julie believes that post secondary success is possible for all of our kids when they are given the information, guidance, and tools they need. She is passionate about providing these things to the most underserved of our community.
As a teacher, parent and life long learner, Julie has long been passionate about education. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation she was awarded a scholarship to complete postgraduate studies at La Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City which solidified her love for the language and cultures of Latin American countries, Mexico in particular. Upon completion of a masters degree in Second Language Acquisition/Spanish at UT Austin, she taught Spanish from the elementary to college level for over 20 years. She continues to teach Spanish part-time at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Wimberley.
Julie and her husband Ryan have three children. Two have graduated from Dripping Springs High School and are in college at Texas A&M University and the United States Coast Guard Academy. The youngest is a sophomore at DSHS. Julie and Ryan are active in their church, Austin Ridge Bible and are grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in Wimberley and surrounding areas through Amigos.