Julie Haggerty (neé Manning) - Class of 1974

Tell us what you do for a living?

I am in my 26th year as an English teacher at an all girls school in Cincinnati and love it, well, apart from all the marking of papers. I also teach at local universities as an adjunct professor.


Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing after you left school?

I am not doing what a thought I would do when I left school, though I am working with children. I began work as a junior housemother in a children’s home in Dursley, Glos. hoping to carve out a career in social work. Teaching is not too removed from that profession and I feel as though I can still be a force for good.


What’s been your inspiration – what’s pulled you forwards and into your current role?

My inspiration, strangely enough, was surviving an extremely abusive relationship and discovering how my strength, courage and determination could serve me so well in life.   After coming through that ordeal nothing seemed too daunting to tackle; in fact,  I embrace every opportunity and still say, “yes” to most invitations that lead to growth; understanding now, just what a magnificent gift a second chance at life is.  Saying yes has also lead to some amazing adventures and encounters with wonderful people from all walks of life.


What would you say is your biggest achievement to date, the thing you’re most proud of? Professionally or personally!

I’m most proud of having written a memoir, Choosing Eros, which I hope offers inspiration.   


Was there a particular teacher, or a moment at school that particularly inspired you?

Mrs. Capel was very instrumental in my cultivating a love for English.  She was firm, set high expectations, but was also encouraging. I recall being asked to read aloud quite often and feeling affirmed. She also watched out for me after my Dad was transferred to Bristol and I stayed with another family in order to take my O levels. I didn’t know it at the time, but she was aware that being separated from my family was hard on me and kept in touch with my mother by phone.


How important do you think your school days were in shaping who you are today?

My school days at RLS were some of the happiest days of my life. I didn’t know it then, but I was taught by some exceptional teachers and also made friends for life.   


What’s your work:life balance like? How important is that to you?

My work life balance is pretty good. I value relationships and keeping the connections alive so I use my summers off to travel and visit with friends and family in the UK. I work really hard the rest of the year knowing that I  have a significant break to look forward to. As a teacher, I’m no use to my students if I am not taking care of myself.


What advice would you give to today’s students who may be struggling to choose which path to take beyond school?

Advice I would give to current students is, don’t worry too much about planning out your future.  Rather, pursue your passion, be patient with yourself, cultivate resilience and keep a positive outlook.


Finally, do you have a favourite quote, expression or mantra which inspires you to keep going?

My favorite quote is, “All shall be well”. St. Julian of Norwich. I have lived long enough to discover that things tend to work out and worrying serves no real purpose.

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