Julie joined Brookhaven Innovation Academy during the end of the 2017 – 2018 school year as the Head of School. Tolbert comes to BIA from Oconee County Schools where she most recently served in leadership roles at the school and district level and as a fifth-grade teacher. Tolbert earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College and her Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University.
Julie and her husband, Brien, have been married for 35 years and have two children. Their son, Beau (24), is completing his national firefighter certification; their daughter, Riley (20), is a junior at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Julie likes to spend her time outdoors hiking and going to the lake. Among her volunteer commitments in the community, Julie has worked with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank, Relay for Life and Food for Kids. She and her family attend Athens Church in Athens where she has served as a volunteer in the pre-school ministry.
Associate Head of School
Christy Morrell joined BIA in June 2018. Morrell comes to BIA from Oconee County Schools where she taught third and fourth grades along with Health and Physical Education. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2014, served on the School Leadership Team for five years and participated on the Superintendent’s Advisory Board at the district level.
Morrell earned her bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Early Childhood from Piedmont College. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the Rising Star Program at Northeast RESA where she earned her Education Leadership certification.
Morrell is a member of Athens Church in Athens, Ga. where she serves as a volunteer in Guest Services. Among her volunteer commitments in the community, she has worked with Relay for Life and Food for Kids. She is engaged to Chip Towers and the two of them together have four children: Danielle (31), Justin (22), Caylee (20) and Bryson (11).