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Dowling Elementary Principal selected for OC Honors 2021 award

Odessa College celebrated seven deserving individuals who have made a difference in education at its annual OC Honors luncheon. Among the seven honorees for 2021 was Dowling Elementary Principal Julie Marshall, who received the Outstanding Educator award.

Julie Marshall with award in front of stage

Ms. Marshall has served in a number of roles during her 32 years in education from classroom teacher to instructional coach to English Language Arts/Reading coordinator and now as a principal. She first served as the principal at Hays STEM Academy for two years and is now in her second year as Dowling’s principal.

She is a highly effective campus leaders who pushes staff and students, while prioritizing and maintaining great relationships. At Dowling Elementary she has introduced creative ideas like a student book club and a student advisory council to engage student leaders.

While she is 100% devoted to her work, she still makes time to volunteer and be active in the Odessa community. She is a past president of the Junior League of Odessa, is president-elect of the Odessa Crystal Ball Association, and is a former Odessa Symphony Guild Board member.

She was named a Girls Scouts Woman of Distinction in 2015 and was Ector County ISD’s Teacher of the Year in 2005.

The other OC Honors 2021 recipients are Lisa Wyman, Outstanding Individual; La Margarita, Outstanding Business; Medical Center Health System, Outstanding Non-Profit; Rohith Saravanan, MD, Community Impact; the Wood Family and Virginia Chisum as OC Hall of Fame Inductees.

The event featured keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children’s Zone.