Whether she is working with kids or cattle - Wilson County's Julie Harrison keeps busy in her native community.
Harrison, whose family owns a beef cattle farm, is the Federal Programs Supervisor for Wilson County Schools.
"The most rewarding part of my job is providing services to children and families. I work for some of the most amazing teachers and being part of their service to our children is so rewarding," she said. "Children are our greatest resource, and I feel honored to be part of their learning experience."
Harrison and her husband, Keith Harrison, Marketing Manager for Tennessee Farmer's Cooperative, have three children of their own - Jonathan, 23; Jacob, 19; and Macy, 16. Harrison said that their oldest son, who works as Financial Services Officer for Farm Credit Services in Lebanon, will wed Bethany Powell on June 20. Their middle son, Jacob, recently graduated from Watertown High School and plans to attend the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, this fall. Macy also attends Watertown High School.
"I enjoy attending my children's activities, reading and spending time outdoors and with friends," she said of her hobbies. She also volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Run, Wilson County Fair and Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian in her spare time.
"I love helping people," Harrison explained. "I love being involved in projects that help others better themselves... The feeling of accomplishment that both the giver and the receiver gets is well worth the time and effort involved."
The woman she most admires is her mother, Myra Parker Malone.
"She is a devout Christian and raised my sister and I in love and faith. She always taught me that I can do anything or be anything I want, and that has carried through my childhood, motherhood and career," Harrison said. "I have watched my mother react to joys, trials and tribulations and she always does so with such grace, poise and wisdom. The way she cares for her family and her friends is just remarkable and the way that she loves and cares for my daddy is such a treasure. I hope to one day be just an ounce of the woman she is."
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